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Students learn how to plot and derive the equation of straight line graphs in the form y = mx + c. Learning progresses on from this to find the equation of parallel and perpendicular lines in the form ax + by +c = 0.

This unit takes place in Term 3 of Year 9 and is followed by graphical functions.

- Recognise and describe linear number sequences, including those involving fractions and decimals, and find the term-to-term rule.
- Generate and describe linear number sequences

- Plot graphs of equations that correspond to straight-line graphs in the coordinate plane;
- Use the form y = mx + c to identify parallel lines
- Find the equation of the line through two given points, or through one point with a given gradient
- Identify and interpret gradients and intercepts of linear functions graphically and algebraically

- Students often confuse linear graphs to have the same notation as statistical graphs.
- The gradient can be calculated from any two points along the graph. Not necessarily from the origin.
- A linear function does not have to pass through the origin.
- It is beneficial to create a table of results when plotting a linear function. The coordinate pairs arise from the x and y values.

June 5, 2019

Students should be able to represent the solutions to an inequality on a number line, using set notation or as a list of integer values. Here’s how I teach using the balance method for solving inequalities using a number line. Matching inequalities, Number sets and Number Lines At the start of the lesson students recap […]

May 1, 2019

In this blog I will share some practical tips for using mini-whiteboards in a mathematics lesson. I use mini-whiteboards nearly every lesson because they help the students show me the progress they are making. When I understand what the misconceptions are I am able to address them in subsequent examples as part of my feedback. […]

April 17, 2019

Demonstrating student progression during a mathematics lesson is about understanding the learning objective and breaking that down into explicit success criteria. Using Success Criteria Take, for example, a lesson on calculating the area of compound rectilinear shapes. The intended learning objective was written on the main whiteboard. Success criteria were used to break down the individual […]