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Published: 03/03/2016
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Equations trail

Students choose a path from the start to finish, moving from one adjacent square to another (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) solving the equations as they go. If they take the most direct route, the equations are more difficult. The answers are often fractional to promote students writing fractional answers rather than incorrectly rounded decimal answers (a common cause of dropped marks in exams).    

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Camilla Clarkson
Camilla Clarkson
Thank you for that! It should all be correct now.
Posted on 9th April 2019
Helen Crosbie
Helen Crosbie
I think the errors pointed out are still on the pdf version of this resource. I downloaded it today and there are still there.
Posted on 22nd March 2019
Neil Hendry
Neil Hendry
Thanks for pointing out the errors. They have now been amended.
Posted on 15th December 2016
Stephen Fairfield
Stephen Fairfield
Great resource and go for independent learning/choices.
I have also discovered two more mistakes with the solutions however. Third column from the left and four down. (3x+1)/2 = (x-5)/7 Solution should be x = -17/19.
And the one to the right of this one. 3(2x+1)/2 = (x-5)/7 Solution should be x = -31/40
Posted on 12th December 2016
Paul Codling
Paul Codling
Actually, the equation 10c=3c can be solved as the solution is c=0. A problem occurs because as the solution is c=0 we are dividing by zero in the original equation, which isn't possible. I've adapted the question to read 3c/2=5c which reduces to 10c=3c and so has the same solution (c=0), but there is no worry of division by zero occurring.
Posted on 18th July 2016

I have discovered a problem with this resource. on the second row, middle column, it is an impossible question. once you go through the cross multiplication, you get 10c = 3c which simply isn't possible
Posted on 22nd June 2016
Paul Codling
Paul Codling
This is an excellent resource. I like the fact that students can choose their route to suit their ability/confidence in solving equations.
Posted on 19th June 2016

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