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    Wats a good algebra question for a kid


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    How old is the kid? Is this introduction of concepts or development of skills?


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    The kid is 12 and just learned algebra
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    The ones that always gave me problems in beginnig were like: John can mow the lawn in 2 hours. Bill can mow the lawn in 3 hours. How long will it take them to do it working together?
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    How about something that's practical - so that he can relate it to the "real world"?
    Cutting a pizza for a number of people but certain ones get a "double size" slice, others get a "single size" slice.
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    Is the kid specifically interested in physics? If so, how much physics does he know. Physics is full of problems that can be expressed algebraically.
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    The most important first level skill in algebra is to learn just how important the = sign is in equations.

    Aaaaand, most importantly how to control all the various numbers, pronumerals and processes to switch/isolate different variables on each side of the equation. Even if the student never goes on to science studies, fluency and facility in manipulating equations is essential for trades training as an electrician or a plumber or most others. This student might not yet be at this level but keep your eye on the ball.

    The other thing to get on top of is the language. Pronumeral, expression, term ... it makes everything so much easier when students know exactly what the words mean.
    "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." Winston Churchill
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