This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one …

This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one part of a complete illustration of the standard to which it is aligned. Each task has at least one solution and some commentary that addresses important asects of the task and its potential use. Here are the first few lines of the commentary for this task: The product of two positive numbers is 9. The reciprocal of one of these numbers is 4 times the reciprocal of the other number. What is the sum of the ...

This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one …

This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one part of a complete illustration of the standard to which it is aligned. Each task has at least one solution and some commentary that addresses important asects of the task and its potential use. Here are the first few lines of the commentary for this task: The following is a student solution to the inequality \frac{5}{18} - \frac{x-2}{9} \leq \frac{x-4}{6}. \begin{align} \frac{5}{18} - \frac{x-2}{9} & \le...

This unit was created as an introductory/review unit for Algebra II to …

This unit was created as an introductory/review unit for Algebra II to allow for a review of main concepts needed to progress in Algebra II. However, it could also be used in Algebra I to introduce for the first time real numbers; number operations; and equations, expressions, and inequalities.

Open Middle provides math problems that have a closed beginning, a closed …

Open Middle provides math problems that have a closed beginning, a closed end, and an open middle. This means that there are multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problems. Open middle problems generally require a higher Depth of Knowledge than most problems that assess procedural and conceptual understanding.

The purpose of this task is to continue a crucial strand of …

The purpose of this task is to continue a crucial strand of algebraic reasoning begun at the middle school level (e.g, 6.EE.5). By asking students to reason about solutions without explicily solving them, we get at the heart of understanding what an equation is and what it means for a number to be a solution to an equation. The equations are intentionally very simple; the point of the task is not to test technique in solving equations, but to encourage students to reason about them.

The purpose of this task is to provide an opportunity for students …

The purpose of this task is to provide an opportunity for students to reason about equivalence of equations. The instruction to give reasons that do not depend on solving the equation is intended to focus attention on the transformation of equations as a deductive step.

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