Students develop an understanding of the logic of equation solving by recognizing the overarching structure within the equation.
What to look for
In the equation 2(x + 4) = 32, students can recognize that the value of x + 4 is the answer to the question "2 multiplied by what number is 32?
The solution to the equation -3x - 29 = -5 will also be the a solution to which of the following equations?
a. 3x = -24
b. 3x = -24 d. 3x - 30 = -6
c. 3x - 30 = -6
Answer: a. 2x = -24 and d. -3x - 30 = -6