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# Title

## of Lesson: Linear Equations with Wolfram|Alpha

Instructors: Joy Nolting (LMS) & Mr. Elsasser (Math teacher)
School: Bancroft-Rosalie Community School

This lesson is to be used with Mr. Elsassers Algebra I classes. Students are in grade
Wolfram|Alpha.

Curricular Connection:

The lesson will be focused on introducing Wolfram|Alpha as a reference tool for
math students. We will use the tool for defining math terminology, graphing, and checking
work.

Description of unit/project/assignment:

Students will have been introduced to linear equations. They should be able to
recognize the basic equation of a line. ( y=mx+b )

## The project will include 2 main parts.

1. Introduction to Wolfram|Alpha website. Students will navigate to site
and learn how to use this Computational knowledge engine. I will
use a PowerPoint with screen shot examples for students to see the
power of this resource.
2. Students will be given the attached worksheet, and use
Wolfram|Alpha to complete the page.

Student Expectations and outcomes:

## Students will be able to define slope, y-intercept, and linear functions.

Students will be able to graph given equations and locate a point of intersection.
Students will recognize the difference in positive, negative, zero, and undefined
slopes.

Instructional Tools: PowerPoint and Wolfram|Alpha.com

WolframAlpha
Computational Knowledge Engine

The Basics:
Search box type

orange
Below is a box for

assumptions
Color?
Fruit?
City?

Definitions:
To define a word, type

## the following example:

word slope
correct definition
(like in a dictionary)

## page it gives other

related terms for
searching

Graphing Examples
y = 2x+5
Using the graph find:
Slope =
y-intercept =
y = 2x+5, y = x
Using the graph find the point of intersection.

Other Examples:
Assist you with word problems If Bob had 5

## apples and gave 2 to Sally, how many does Bob have

left?
Social Studies help Compare Florida and
Alabama
Science help Convert 3 kilometers to miles
There is so much more!
(Type in your first name as see what happens)

Resources
http://www.wolframalpha.com/
http://www.wolframalpha.com/examples/
http://www.wolframalpha.com/resources/

## Student Name: _______________________________

1. Sketch a graph of the given equation and state whether or not this is a linear
equation.
a. y=x
b. y=x+1
c. y=x2-1

2. What is the slope and y-intercept of these equations? (Check answers using
Wolfram|Alpha)
a. y=3x-4
b. y=-x+1
c. y=3

3. Write an example of a linear equation that has negative slope.

4. Describe how the graphs of the following equations differ.
a. y= 2x+3
b. y=-2x+3

5. Find the intersections of the following equations by looking at the graphs.
a. y=3x+1, y=x+1
b. y=4x+3, x=3

1. Sketch a graph of the given equation and state whether or not this is a linear
equation.
a. y=x
b. y=x+1
c. y=x2-1
Linear
Linear
NOT Linear

2. What is the slope and y-intercept of these equations? (Check answers using
Wolfram|Alpha)
a. y=3x-4
b. y=-x+1
c. y=3

Slope = 3
Y-intercept = -4

Slope = -1
Y-intercept = 1

Slope = 0
Y-intercept = 3

3. Write an example of a linear equation that has negative slope.

Y= -5x+2

4. Describe how the graphs of the following equations differ.
a. y= 2x+3
b. y=-2x+3

## Line a has a positive slope so the line is increasing (left to right).

Line b has a negative slope, so the line is decreasing (left to right).

5. Find the intersections of the following equations by looking at the graphs.
a. y=3x+1, y=x+1
b. y=4x+3, x=3

(0,1)

(3,15)