Alissa Fong

**MA, Stanford University**

Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

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When we approach solving an equation, we must first understand what the equation represents. It is helpful to try to turn the equation into words- like, "4x = 32" means "four times a number is 32." Both sides of the equals sign must stay equal, or "balanced," so whatever we do to one side of the equals sign must be done to the other side as well. We use multiplication and division as opposite operations to solve for unknown values in these one-step equations.

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