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ERIC Number: EJ956712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
Linear Equations: Equivalence = Success
Baratta, Wendy
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v67 n4 p6-11 2011
The ability to solve linear equations sets students up for success in many areas of mathematics and other disciplines requiring formula manipulations. There are many reasons why solving linear equations is a challenging skill for students to master. One major barrier for students is the inability to interpret the equals sign as anything other than a "do something signal". To succeed in algebra, students must transition from this operational view of the equals sign to an equivalence, or relational, view. In this article, the author looks at two possible approaches for assisting students to overcome this barrier. She first considers manual strategies and a related concrete model, and then discusses suitable uses of technology. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia