Education Technology

Visualizing Equations

Published on 10/10/2012

Activity Overview

Deepen understand of solving linear equations by maintaining balance.


  • Describe what it means to solve a linear equation
  • Recognize how to maintain the equality between two expressions when adding or taking away tiles


  • Linear Equations

About the Lesson

This lesson is intended to develop and deepen student understanding of solving linear equations by maintaining the balance of the relationship—what you do to one side, you do to the other. As a result, students will:

  • See how the expressions in the equation are changed and how the balance between the expressions is affected as tiles are added or removed.