NA5-7: Form and solve linear and simple quadratic equations.

Elaboration on this Achievement Objective

Students should be able to form the linear equation or simple quadratic (y = ax2 or y = x2 ± c, a and c are integers) to model a given situation (see patterns and relationships). They should understand that solving an equation involves finding the value of a variable when the other variable is defined, and interpret how the solution relates to the original context. Students should be able to solve linear and simple quadratic equations by applying inverse operations with an understanding of the equals sign as a statement of transitive balance, for example (3q + 7)/4 = 16, by multiplying both sides by four, subtracting seven, etc. They should also recognise where it is appropriate to solve an equation through trial and improvement, and find the missing value by systematic calculation.