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by Mark Illingworth
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Algebra is about pattern recognition and using linear models to represent relationships. (Read “The Essence of Algebra” in the Articles.) This diagram shows the four related ways that things worth analyzing or investigating can be represented. Students should practice moving flexibly from one representation to another. This assignment gives them practice in going from data and patterns to equations.

Course(s): Algebra 1

Difficulty: 2/5

Length: short

Topics: patterns, equations, linear

Problem Type: Challenge Zone

Layered by difficulty? no

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