Did You Know...
Students often have difficulty with algebra because of misconceptions in various areas. One common misconception is that students think that algebraic variables stand for things, such as 6d = 12 , where d stands for donuts, not the cost of a donut.
How can the problem be solved?
Make sure students understand the difference between abbreviations and variable, such as: “6 meters” instead of “6m.”
Have students write out the literal translation of an equation, such as: 6P=S, where 6 times the number of professors is equivalent to the number of students. It’s all in how we teach the basics!