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Simultaneous Equations

There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Simultaneous Equations. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Simultaneous Equations Starters:

Boxing Day: Work out the contents and the cost of the Christmas boxes from the given clues

Oblongs: Find the dimensions of a rectangle given the perimeter and area.

Pentadd: Five numbers are added together in pairs and the sums shown. What might the five numbers be?

Planet Numpair: The sum and product are given, can you find the two numbers?

Rabbits and Chickens: There are some rabbits and chickens in a field. Calculate how many of each given the number of heads and feet.

Rail Weigh: Record the weights of the trains to work out the weight of a locomotive and a coach. A real situation which produces simultaneous equations.

Refreshing Revision: It is called Refreshing Revision because every time you refresh the page you get different revision questions.

Same Same: A problem involving two people's ages which can be solved using algebra.

Santa's Sleigh: Work out the number of clowns and horses given the number of heads and feet.

Simultaneous Occasions: A problem which can best be solved as a pair of simultaneous equations.

Sum of the Signs: Each traffic sign stands for a number. Some of the sums of rows and columns are shown. What numbers might the signs stand for?

Summer Holidays: There are some children and donkeys on a beach. Together they have 25 heads and 64 legs. How many children? How many donkeys?

Two Numbers: Find the two numbers whose sum and product are given.

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Notes:

This topic covers simultaneous equations with two different variables. The starters pose real world problems which can be solved using the techniques taught at school or by other intuitive methods.

Though there are many formal strategies for solving simultaneous equations the skill of forming the equations from real life situations is a very important stage in working towards a solution.

Algebraic methods are the most efficient for solving basic simultaneous equations but graphical methods, probably using a graphic display calculator or computer software package, may be more suitable for less standard sets of simultaneous equations.

Simultaneous Equations Activities:

Algebra In Action: Real life problems adapted from an old Mathematics textbook which can be solved using algebra.

Oblongs: Find the lengths of the sides of rectangles given their areas and perimeters.

Pentadd Quiz: Find the five numbers which when added or multiplied together in pairs to produce the given sums or products.

Recurring Decimals: Find the pairs of whole numbers that give the given quotients.

Simultaneous Equations: A series of exercises, increasing in difficulty, about simultaneous equations.

Using Graphs: Use the graphs provided to solve both simultaneous and quadratic equations.

Window View: Drag the 20 flowers into the gardens so that 9 flowers are visible from each window of the house.

Alternatively, for the more advanced student, there is an ever-growing collection of Exam-Style Questions with worked solutions on the topic of Simultaneous Equations.

Simultaneous Equations Investigations:

Window View: Drag the 20 flowers into the gardens so that 9 flowers are visible from each window of the house.

Simultaneous Equations Videos:

Simultaneous Equations (Elimination): This video demonstrates how to solve simultaneous equations by elimination.

Simultaneous Equations (Substitution): This video demonstrates how to solve simultaneous equations by substitution.

Simultaneous Equations Worksheets:

Simultaneous Equations Extension Exercise: An exercise that appeared in an algebra book published in 1895. It starts with basic questions but soon gets tricky!

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