P. 1Unit Recap: Getting Started
In this unit, we learned how to make a word problem into an expression and equation, and then solve the problem. We also learned how to create a proper algebraic solution by defining variable, showing our algebraic work, and answering the question in a sentence. Another skill we can now do consistently is evaluating and simplifying expressions using order of operations, distributive property, combining like terms, etc.
|I think that the easiest parts of the problem was combining like terms and inverse operations (without "X"). These were the easiest parts of the problem because there is no thinking or "tricks" involved in these areas of the problem, and all you have to do is subtract, add, multiply, or divide. The hardest part of the problem was the inverse operations WITH "X" on both sides of the equation. This is part of the problem is hard because there is a lot of thinking involved about which side you want to add or subtract "X" from. Something important to remember while doing this problem is putting the imaginary 1 in front of the parentheses. That will make it easier to do distributive property.|
|The easiest part of this problem was combining like terms and doing the inverse operations because there was not much skill behind doing these parts of the problem (all you have to do is subtract, add, multiply, or divide). The hardest part of the problem was creating the let statements because it is hard to decide what you should make "X," and remembering to do the second part of the let statement (worth of the coins). Something important to remember while doing this problem is too make sure that when calculating the worth of the coin, it is a decimal not a whole number.|
|The easiest part about this problem was the combining of like terms because there was no trick or confusion to it, and all you had to do was add in this scenario. The most challenging part of the problem was choosing what to make "X" in the let statement. Something important to remember while doing this problem is to convert the percentages of interest into decimals when creating your algebraic expressions.|
|I think the easiest part about this problem is the solving of the actual problem after you create your verbal model and determine where "X," etc. goes because we have reviewed that material so much that it is becoming routine. The hardest part of this problem is creating the verbal monologue and determining the where "X" goes and with what. That is the hardest part because it is a new concept, and involves a lot of thinking beforehand. Something important to remember while doing this problem|