A Sample Lesson on Solving a System of Equations with Two Unknowns
Before you begin, you may want to print the summary sheet below for reference. The sheet happens to have a major typo, but I think that it’s usually fun for the students to discover it themselves. I’ve been generous enough to correct the typo.
Start out by watching this introductory video about solving an application problem using the addition method. I recommend printing out the handout of what is covered in the video so that you can take notes as you follow along.
Go to Wolfram|Alpha and make sure that you know how to enter systems of equations there so that you can check your answer using this wonderful tool whenever you are at a computer. Or even on the go, if you have a smartphone.
A few weeks ago a colleague of mine was in need of an activity for Factoring. He was ahead of his pacing chart and wanted something to fill up some class time with. I referred him towww.ilovemath.org, which has hundreds of free activities to download. Here is a list of a few that I have successfully used the in the classroom: