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### Simultaneous Equations Starters:

Boxing Day: Work out the contents and the cost of the Christmas boxes from the given clues.

Light Shopping: A lamp and a bulb together cost 32 pounds. The lamp costs 30 pounds more than the bulb. How much does the bulb cost?

Oblongs: Find the dimensions of a rectangle given the perimeter and area.

Pentadd: Five numbers are added together in pairs and the sums shown. What might the five numbers be?

Planet Numpair: The sum and product are given, can you find the two numbers?

Rabbits and Chickens: There are some rabbits and chickens in a field. Calculate how many of each given the number of heads and feet.

Rail Weigh: Record the weights of the trains to work out the weight of a locomotive and a coach. A real situation which produces simultaneous equations.

Refreshing Revision: It is called Refreshing Revision because every time you refresh the page you get different revision questions.

Same Same: A problem involving two people's ages which can be solved using algebra.

Santa's Sleigh: Work out the number of clowns and horses given the number of heads and feet.

Simultaneous Occasions: A problem which can best be solved as a pair of simultaneous equations.

Sum of the Signs: Each traffic sign stands for a number. Some of the sums of rows and columns are shown. What numbers might the signs stand for?

Summer Holidays: How many children and how many donkeys are on the beach? You can work it out from the number of heads and the number of feet!

Two Numbers: Find the two numbers whose sum and product are given.

Same Series Sum: Find an arithmetic series and a geometric series that have the same sum of the first five terms.

Two real numbers: The sum of the reciprocals of two real numbers is -1, and the sum of their cubes is 4. What are they?

#### Window View

Drag the 20 flowers into the gardens so that 9 flowers are visible from each window of the house.

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### Curriculum for Simultaneous Equations:

#### Years 7 to 9

Pupils should be taught to use linear and quadratic graphs to estimate values of y for given values of x and vice versa and to find approximate solutions of simultaneous linear equations more...

#### Years 10 and 11

Pupils should be taught to solve 2 simultaneous equations in 2 variables (linear/linear {or linear/quadratic}) algebraically; find approximate solutions using a graph more...

Pupils should be taught to translate simple situations or procedures into algebraic expressions or formulae; derive an equation (or 2 simultaneous equations), solve the equation(s) and interpret the solution more...

#### Years 12 and 13

Pupils should be taught to solve simultaneous equations in two variables by elimination and by substitution, including one linear and one quadratic equation more...

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### Notes:

This topic covers simultaneous equations with two different variables. The starters pose real world problems which can be solved using the techniques taught at school or by other intuitive methods.

Though there are many formal strategies for solving simultaneous equations the skill of forming the equations from real life situations is a very important stage in working towards a solution.

Algebraic methods are the most efficient for solving basic simultaneous equations but graphical methods, probably using a graphic display calculator or computer software package, may be more suitable for less standard sets of simultaneous equations.

### Simultaneous Equations Activities:

Algebra In Action: Real life problems adapted from an old Mathematics textbook which can be solved using algebra.

Pentadd Quiz: Find the five numbers which when added or multiplied together in pairs to produce the given sums or products.

Recurring Decimals: Change recurring decimals into their corresponding fractions and vica versa.

Simultaneous Equations: A self-marking, multi-level set of exercises on solving pairs of simultaneous equations.

Simultaneous Solutions: Arrange the given pairs of simultaneous equations in groups to show whether they have no solution, one solution or infinite solutions.

Using Graphs: Use the graphs provided to solve both simultaneous and quadratic equations.

Window View: Drag the 20 flowers into the gardens so that 9 flowers are visible from each window of the house.

Alternatively, for the more advanced student, there is an ever-growing collection of Exam-Style Questions with worked solutions on the topic of Simultaneous Equations.

### Simultaneous Equations Investigations:

Window View: Drag the 20 flowers into the gardens so that 9 flowers are visible from each window of the house.

### Simultaneous Equations Videos:

Transum's Simultaneous Equations Video

Simultaneous Equations (Elimination): This video demonstrates how to solve simultaneous equations by elimination.

Simultaneous Equations (Substitution): This video demonstrates how to solve simultaneous equations by substitution.

### Simultaneous Equations Worksheets/Printables:

Simultaneous Equations Examples: These are the examples used in the help video for the Simultaneous Equations online exercise.

Simultaneous Equations Extension Exercise: An exercise that appeared in an algebra book published in 1895. It starts with basic questions but soon gets tricky!

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