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An Introduction to Solving Literal Equations

Published on 09/11/2009

Activity Overview

Students will look at literal equations and investigate how to solve them for different variables.

Before the Activity

Download and read the worksheet and Nspire documents before giving it to your students. Students should have some basic knowledge of how to solve equations.

During the Activity

Let students do as much as possible on their own, but be available to answer individual questions that students might have. Problem 2 is an activity that increases the cognitive demand. The students are having to research and find or create a literal equation.

After the Activity

Assessment and evaluation:

  • The last part of the document can be used as an assessment if desired.


  • Activity extensions
  • Give students other formulas with which to work.