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Math Example: Algebra Tiles: Example 37

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# Math Example: Algebra Tiles: Example 37

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Numerical and Algebraic Expressions

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This example illustrates solving the equation x - (-2) = 4 using algebra tiles. The image shows a step-by-step solution, including modeling the variable, adding zero pairs, modeling the equation, and solving it. This visual representation helps students understand equations involving subtraction of negative numbers.

Algebra tiles are an invaluable tool for teaching numerical and algebraic expressions, especially when dealing with equations involving negative numbers and their operations. By providing a visual and tactile representation of abstract concepts, these tiles help students develop a concrete understanding of mathematical operations. This approach is particularly beneficial for students who struggle with traditional abstract methods, as it allows them to physically manipulate the tiles and observe the outcomes of different operations.

Exposing students to multiple worked-out examples is crucial for reinforcing mathematical concepts. Each example presents a unique scenario, helping students recognize patterns and develop problem-solving strategies. This repetition and variety of examples contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the topic, enabling students to apply their knowledge to different situations with confidence.

Teacher Script: "Now, let's solve the equation x - (-2) = 4 using algebra tiles. We'll start by representing x with a green bar on one side of the equation. On the other side, we'll place four yellow squares for 4. To represent subtracting -2, what do we need to do? That's right, we add two yellow squares to the left side. What are we left with? A green bar equal to six yellow squares, showing us that x = 6. How does this visual method help you understand that subtracting a negative number is the same as adding its positive counterpart?"

For a complete collection of math examples related to Numerical and Algebraic Expressions click on this link: __Math Examples: Algebra Tiles Collection.__

Common Core Standards | CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.B.5, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.EE.B.3 |
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Grade Range | 6 - 12 |

Curriculum Nodes |
Algebra• Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities• Algebra Tiles--Expressions and Equations |

Copyright Year | 2013 |

Keywords | variable, variable expression, equation, solution, algebra tiles |