Solving "1 Step" Equations:

My Question will be x+9=14

Step one: Isolate the Variable

To do this you have to get rid of the constant using a zero pair.

EXAMPLE:

x+9-9=14

Step 2: Once you have done that you must do the same to the answer to keep them even.

EXAMPLE:

x=14-9

Step 3: Then you have to Verify or check your answer by plugging that number into the question.

EXAMPLE:

x=5

x+9=14

5+9=14

14=14

Now I will solve it using algebra tiles:

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Solving "2 Step" Algebra Equations:

My question will be 3x+4=19

Step one: Isolate the Variable

To do this you have to get rid of the constant using a zero pair.

EXAMPLE:

3x+4-4=19

Step 2: Once you have done that you must do the same to the answer to keep them even.

EXAMPLE:

3x=19-4

Step 3: Simplify the Variable

EXAMPLE:

3x=15

3x/3=15/3

x=5

Step 4: Then you have to Verify or check your answer by plugging that number into the question.

EXAMPLE:

3x+4=19

3(5)+4=19

15+4=19

19=19

Now I will solve it using algebra tiles:

Let x equal green always

Let 1 be red always

Let -1 be white always

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