Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Keywords: Defining variables, substitution, setting up equations, translating words to symbols, planes and wheat, planes, wheat, government, equation, variable, multiple variables, writing equations, cpalms, icpalms, illustrativemathematics.org, illustrative mathematics, tasks, mathematics, math, Florida standards, resource, free, freely available, problems-based learning, student activities
Students solve problems related to a government's expenditures on wheat and fighter planes. This is a simple exercise in creating equations from a situation with many variables. By giving three different scenarios, the problem requires students to keep going back to the definitions of the variables, thus emphasizing the importance of defining variables when you write an equation. In order to reinforce this aspect of the problem, the variables have not been given names that remind the student of what they stand for. The emphasis here is on setting up equations, not solving them.
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Name of Author/Source: Sarah Kahre
District/Organization of Contributor(s): Florida State University
Is this Resource freely Available? Yes
Access Privileges: Public
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