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Unit 2: Expressions and Equations


This unit emphasizes key standards that assist students to develop a deeper understanding of numbers. They learn how to solve multi- step equations and discuss the difference between equations and expressions. Students are expected to learn the following ideas:

  • Variables can be used to represent numbers in any type mathematical problem.
  • Understand the difference in an expression and an equation.
  • Write and solve multi-step equations including all rational numbers.
  • Some equations may have more than one solution
  • There are differences and similarities between equations and inequalities.


MGSE7.EE.1 Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients.

MGSE7.EE.2 Understand that rewriting an expression in different forms in a problem context can clarify the problem and how the quantities in it are related. 

MGSE7.EE.3 Solve multistep real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals) by applying properties of operations as strategies to calculate with numbers, converting between forms as appropriate, and assessing the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies.

MGSE7.EE.4 Use variables to represent quantities in a realworld or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities.

MGSE7.EE.4a Solve word problems leading to equations of the form px + q = r and p(x + q) = r, where p, q, and r are specific rational numbers. Solve equations of these forms fluently. Compare an algebraic solution to an arithmetic solution, identifying the sequence of the operations used in each approach.

MGSE7.EE.4b Solve word problems leading to inequalities of the form px + q > r or px + q < r, where p, q, and r are specific rational numbers. Graph the solution set of the inequality and interpret it in the context of the problem. 

MGSE7.EE.4c Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations of the form x+p = q and px = q in which p and q are rational numbers.