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1 Introduction to Algebra Tiles Created by Nancy M c Alinden Numeracy Lead Teacher N.B. District 14

2 Remember how we modeled integers? Legend ? ? + -

3 What is this worth? Legend + - ZERO PAIRS (-2)

4 What is this worth? Legend

5 Algebra Tiles work the same way! Legend

6 Algebra Tiles work the same way! Legend

7 Algebra Tiles work the same way! Legend

8 Model this question: (-2) + (+3) = Legend zero pairs

9 But… Algebra Tiles can show MORE!

10 Legend + - These tiles help us model the unknown! The variable! The mystery number!

11 Legend + - These tiles represent x! (Or n) (or whatever letter youre using for the variable or unknown amount.)

12 Legend + - One side represents a positive variable; the other side represents a negative.

13 What does this show? Legend x3x

14 What does this show? Legend x

15 What does this show? Legend x

16 What does this show? Legend x + 4

17 What does this show? Legend x - 6

18 What does this show? Legend x + 5

19 What does this show? x + 3

20 But what is x worth? We dont know until: 1.) someone tells us the value of x Or 2.) we have some information about the other side of the equation!

21 3x = 9 This line represents the = sign, or the middle of the balance scale.

22 If 3x = 9, …what is one x worth?

23 3x = 9

24 x = 3

25 Solve for x: x + 2 = 6

26 Solve for x: X + 2 = 6 We want a single x alone on one side and its value (the number of units or squares) on the other.

27 Solve for x: x + 2 = 6 We can subtract the 2 units (or squares) from the left IF we also subtract 2 units from the right. This keeps the balance.

28 Solve for x: x + 2 = 6 x + 2 – 2 = 6 - 2

29 Solve for x: x = 4

30 Solve for x: 2x + 4 = 8

31 Solve for x: 2x + 4 = 8 We want a single x alone on one side and its value (the number of units or squares) on the other.

32 Solve for x: 2x + 4 = 8 We can remove the 4 positive units from the left as long as we keep the balance and remove 4 positives from the right too. 2x = 8 - 4

33 Solve for x: 2x + 4 = 8 Now we have 2 x on one side and 4 on the other. We want one x. 2x = 4

34 Solve for x: 2x + 4 = 8 We cant subtract an x from the left because we dont have an x to subtract from the right, but… 2x = 4

35 Solve for x: We can divide them and share fairly: 2x = 4

36 Solve for x: 2x = 4

37 Solve for x: 2x = 4 ___ = __ 2 2

38 Solve for x: x = 2

39 What about the big squares?

40 They represent x 2 and (-x 2 ).

41 Well use them in high school!

42 Not all sets of algebra tiles are the same colours as the set weve seen here. How can you tell which side is negative?

43 The negative side is the colour that is the same for all sizes of tiles in the set: White = negative

44 The negative side is the colour that is the same for all the tiles in the set: Black = negative


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