8th Grade Algebra and Functions Resources
Adjust the line(s) with sliders, either in slope-intercept (y=mx+b) or standard (Ax+By=C) form (or both). Use this to develop understanding of how the parameters affect the graph of the line, or to examine the relationship between the two forms of the line.
A random function (or "rule") is generated based on the sliders. Send the numbers through the machine to figure out what the rule is. Click on the boxes to see the rule in equation or word form. Alternatively, show the rule then predict the outputs before sending the number through.
This uses a graphing approach to solving a linear equation in one variable with 0, 1, or infinitely many solutions. The goal is for students to notice patterns in the relationship between coefficients/constants in each expression.
Here's what I was picturing: Everyone in the class writes down an equation. Collect several to put on the board, then click "More info." As information is slowly revealed about the line, which equations are still viable? How could we revise those that aren't?
A random line is generated and displayed. Guess the slope, then refine that guess as more information is provided. The final step is to see how the slope is calculated by selecting points on the line.
This activity is meant to give students a more concrete understanding of the steps involved in solving a linear equation of the form ax + b = c (where a, b, c can be any numbers - positive or negative). After you enter your equation, use the properties of equality to solve it, and you'll see the resulting action on the number line. Click "Show solution" at any point in the process.