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Multiplying Inequalities by Negative Numbers

Published on 11/30/2011

Activity Overview

Investigate the effect of multiplying the numbers on a number line by a negative number.

Objectives

  • Students will relate the inequality symbol to the location of points on a number line.
  • Students will recognize, moreover, that the value of a number depends on its position on the number line and that numbers farther to the left are smaller.
  • Students will recognize what operations on an inequality reverse the direction of the inequality.

Vocabulary

  • inequality statement

About the Lesson

In this lesson students investigate the effect of multiplying the numbers on a number line by a negative number and the symbolic and graphical representations of the solutions of an inequality. Students will change the value of a multiplier (k) and observe the effects on the position of the resulting number on the number line and in the inequality statements. As a result, students will recognize what operations on an inequality reverse the direction of the inequality.