Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Building Cat Furniture: An Introduction to Linear Programming - Section 1: Launch and Explore


While working on the Launch of this task, several of my students starting working on an algebraic approach before I asked them to think about the task in that way. I was pleased that they knew that this brute force strategy was not going to be what we were sticking with.

One of my students made the connection to a system of equations. Here you can see his attempt at setting up a system of equations to model this scenario. He chose to let the variables represent the yellow and green blocks, an idea that we revisit later in the lesson.

It is interesting to note his approach - he made an equation for each of the types of furniture and then substituted these into the revenue equation.

  Connection to Prior Knowledge: An Algebraic Attempt
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Building Cat Furniture: An Introduction to Linear Programming

Unit 8: Matrices and Systems
Lesson 12 of 16

Objective: SWBAT find maximum revenue using a linear programming model.

Big Idea: Use Legos for an interactive introduction to linear programming!

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Math, Precalculus and Calculus, Algebra, Systems of Equations and Inequalities, linear programming, systems of inequalities
  55 minutes
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