Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Keywords: variables, writing an equation, mixing candies, coefficient, term, cpalms, icpalms, illustrativemathematics.org, illustrative mathematics, tasks, mathematics, math, Florida standards, resource, free, freely available, problems-based learning, student activities, interpret expressions
This example does not ask students to solve a mixture problem, which is often done by using patterns or a memorized process rather than thinking about the meaning of each part of the equation. This example asks questions which address a common difficulty students have with mixture problems. Students have a difficulty distinguishing among the meanings of the variables, the coefficients (dollars per pound) and the terms (total dollar value of a given amount of particular kind of candy), all of which appear in the equations.
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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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