Ways of Thinking and Properties of Operations

Find Unknowns

Formative Assessment

Summary of the Math: Find Unknowns

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  • One key concept in algebra is the idea of variables. A variable represents an unknown quantity in an equation.
  • In this task, each fruit represents an unknown quantity.
  • Look at this equation. You could express this equation as a = b × a, where a is the apple and b is the coconut.
  • In future lessons, you will work with variables to represent unknown quantities.
  • To solve equations with variables, use the same properties of operations that you use with numeric equations.

Can you:

  • Explain your general strategy for finding the unknown values of the fruit?