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Solving Algebraic Equations Part 2

Xavier is a teacher and Hypno-Psychotherapist in Private Practice in the Isle of Man since 2005.

How to Solve Equations Part 2


A picture speaks a thousand words

In Solving Algebraic Equations Part 1 you are shown how to solve equations with two terms using an 'escalator'. In this the second part of my mini series you are shown how to solve equations with three terms. To do this a “wall” is employed.

When I was a boy in school I sometimes found it difficult to follow the explanations of teachers who tended to be too wordy. Teachers who talked for the whole lesson lost me at the very beginning of the lesson. I couldn’t understand why when a simple picture could speak a thousand words.

I used my imagination to create a world in which I could do my mathematics and see what was going on. The cartoon world I created helped me to appreciate mathematics to such a degree that I am still teaching children and adults my methods to this day.

Solve for x the equation 3x - 3 = 1

Following is a slide show of the steps involved in solving the equation 3x - 3 = 1

I have also included an animated video of the steps involved at the end of the slide show and a video specially for parents and teachers showing a teaching strategy that is 100% guaranteed to work.

Solving an equation with three terms


Rules of the Wall


The wall is the great divide


Turn coat jumps the wall


An equation with two terms


Solve with an Escalator


Movement on the Escalator


The answer

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Animated video of Part 2

A learning strategy that works

It is a child's nature to learn. When adults get out of the way a child can see. When teachers stop talking a child can hear. If it is fun then anyone of any age will learn. That is the truth and it works.

Make it Fun and People will Do It

© 2011 Xavier Nathan


Xavier Nathan (author) from Isle of Man on February 19, 2011:

Thank you for your support.

Writer of Man from United Kingdom on February 19, 2011:

Agony Aunt, I agree!

Agony Aunt from Isle of Man on February 19, 2011:

Never Been Taught This Way But It Is So Much Easier To Understand. Thank You!

RDSPhD from Earth on January 29, 2011:

Wow nicely done!! Keep up the good work :D

No_Clue on January 29, 2011:

I love It!

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