Venn Diagrams and Simultaneous Equations

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Just a quick one this week.

I’ve been reading Michael Pershan’s Teaching Maths With Examples this week. It’s really good. I recommend it. Quick, simple and easily digestible. Great stuff.

In the book, Michael describes using Venn Diagrams to give an overview of what, exactly, we mean when we talk about systems of equations. This really made me sit up, because I think students often don’t quite know what systems of equations ARE. They can procedurally solve them, but sometimes struggle to get a big picture of what they’re doing.

This resource aims to give the big picture, the WHY, before moving onto the HOW to solve.

So we do this by trial and error, then you swoop in and show students a more formal, better method for finding these answers.

I hope you like it and find it useful.

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