Hanging in the balance

Shirley Matteson, Jennifer Wilhelm

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Abstract

This mathematical inquiry uses a simple physical balance scale to assist students in concretely exploring foundational number concepts. Students are encouraged to make connections from their explorations on the balance scale to numerical and symbolic representations. These representations form the basis of algebraic equations and expressions and are used in other advanced mathematics concepts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-61
JournalMathematics Teaching in the Middle Schools
StatePublished - Aug 2011

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