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Ch 7: Understanding Linear Equations

About This Chapter

This chapter contains helpful video lessons that will go over key facts about linear equations in algebra. These topics will help you better teach this subject at the high school level.

Understanding Linear Equations - Chapter Summary

If you would like to learn about the key elements of linear equations in algebra as well as the ways in which you can better teach them to your students, watch the online video lessons contained in this chapter for clear and comprehensive overviews of this subject. The lessons' instructors will teach you linear equations as a whole.

In these lessons, you will learn about the key components of linear equations as they relate to an Algebra I study program. The lessons will also show you how students will use linear equations in an algebra class. Some of the specific topics you will explore are:

  • The definition of a linear equation
  • How to apply the distributive property to linear equations
  • Intercepts, standard form and graphing
  • Undefined and zero slope
  • Transverse, parallel, and perpendicular lines and graphs
  • The process of writing linear equations
  • Systems of equations

Our instructors are uniquely experienced in teaching these specific topics, and they will be sure to convey all relevant information to you in an engaging manner. The chapter also offers practice quizzes that will be helpful in ensuring that you have understood some of the main points from the lessons. Your personal Dashboard will allow you to track your learning progress as you complete each lesson.

11 Lessons in Chapter 7: Understanding Linear Equations
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is a Linear Equation?

1. What is a Linear Equation?

Most cars won't be able to run for more than 250,000 miles, so how much longer will your car live? Linear Equations are the most basic kind of algebraic function and can help you answer questions exactly like this. Learn about what they look like, how they come up in your life and why they are powerful tools.

Applying the Distributive Property to Linear Equations

2. Applying the Distributive Property to Linear Equations

When it comes to linear equations, there are certain steps you have to take to solve them. One of them is the application of the distributive property when you see a pair of parentheses. Watch this video lesson to learn how.

Linear Equations: Intercepts, Standard Form and Graphing

3. Linear Equations: Intercepts, Standard Form and Graphing

Do you know what to do if an equation doesn't look like y=mx+b?! If not, then this video is for you. Chances are the equation is in standard form, so we'll learn how to use standard form equations, how to graph them and why they can be helpful.

Abstract Algebraic Examples and Going from a Graph to a Rule

4. Abstract Algebraic Examples and Going from a Graph to a Rule

Just because you now know what a linear equation is doesn't mean that you are a master! This video will help you learn how to apply your knowledge of linear equations in more abstract algebraic ways.

Graphing Undefined Slope, Zero Slope and More

5. Graphing Undefined Slope, Zero Slope and More

There are two special cases when it comes to slopes on the xy plane: horizontal and vertical lines. Without any more information, these examples can be pretty confusing. But with a little instruction, they end up being some of the easiest lines to graph!

Parallel, Perpendicular and Transverse Lines

6. Parallel, Perpendicular and Transverse Lines

What are the different types of lines? Where are they visible in the real world and how can you recognize them? Find out here and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Graphs of Parallel and Perpendicular Lines in Linear Equations

7. Graphs of Parallel and Perpendicular Lines in Linear Equations

When we deal with linear equations, we sometimes come across equations that are parallel to each other or perpendicular to each other. You will see what they look like when graphed in this video lesson.

How to Write a Linear Equation

8. How to Write a Linear Equation

Simply knowing how to take a linear equation and graph it is only half of the battle. You should also be able to come up with the equation if you're given the right information.

What is a System of Equations?

9. What is a System of Equations?

So what happens if we want to compare more than one equation? Welcome to a 'system' of equations! Learn what one is, how to solve them and when they come up in real life.

How Do I Use a System of Equations?

10. How Do I Use a System of Equations?

There are a few classic algebra word problems, such as the one about two trains traveling at different speeds. In this lesson, you'll learn how to take a word problem and convert it into the system of equations that will allow you to find the answer using either substitution or elimination.

How to Solve a System of Linear Equations in Two Variables

11. How to Solve a System of Linear Equations in Two Variables

Watch this video lesson to learn how you can solve a system of linear equations in two variables by using the substitution method. Learn how easy it is to use on any linear system in two variables.

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