05/04 Classwork & Homework
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Lessons-Part 1:  Copy and solve the following equation, showing your work using the "balancing method" (...including a "check")

12x + 14 = 84 + 5x 

Classwork:   corrected answers to MSA Problem #3.4 (pg. 54), Then began working on MSA- A.C.E. pg.59: #15-19, 21 [H/W pass, Do... # 15(b/d), 16, 18(a/b/d), 19(c/d), 21(a/b) ] .  

- On ALL equations you are solving ...use the "balancing method" (...including a "check") 

Turned-in:     Nothing


Complete... MSA- A.C.E. pg.59: #15-19, 21 [H/W pass, Do... # 15(b/d), 16, 18(a/b/d), 19(c/d), 21(a/b) ] .  - On ALL equations you are solving ...use the "balancing method" (...including a "check").       


  • REMINDER:  At most, homework is designed such that students should spend 30-40 minutes maximum of focused effort on their homework assignments on any night. (*Please note that not all assignments are designed to take 30-40 minutes, that is only the maximum time... most homework assignments should be able to be accomplished in less time.) If an assignment is taking longer than that, students should stop working, and come in with the work, as completed, for class the next day to discuss with the teacher the issues the student may be having that is making it difficult for him/her to complete the assignment



This "Balancing Method" is an important way to "show your work" when solving algebraic equationsThough we generally encourage students to get creative in their methods for solving problems & equations, this is one area in which we do NOT want to be creative in the approach... it is important to follow the "balancing method" as modeled in class.  Students tend to resist showing all of the detail required in this method (especially the "check" step"), but students who do so with fidelity will develop a skill that will help them tremendously as they progress in math.