Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Solving Analogous Equations - Section 1: Launch and Explore

While students were working, I saw one student explaining to another student why question #4 was just like questions #1-2. This student noticed that the factoring was exactly the same except it was log(x) instead of just x. You can even see how she wrote question #1 right above #4 to show the similar structure.

It was cool to hear the "a-has" as students first thought I was crazy for all of the problems being the same and then realizing that they could use that structure to solve an equation that looked really complicated, but actually wasn't that bad.

Staircase of Complexity: Seeing the Structure

Solving Analogous Equations

Unit 3: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Lesson 4 of 7

Big Idea: Scaffold your students to solve complex logarithmic and exponential equations.

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