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Alexis R.
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Subject: Basic Math

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If I go to the store and buy 10 apples, and I give one to Susie and 4 to Joe, how many do I have left?

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(This problem would best be introduced with visuals, either props or drawings) If I started with 10, and I gave away 1 to Susie, I can write that like this: (along with a visual of 10 apples and I take away 1) 10 - 1 = 9 apples I have 9 apples left after Susie. Then, I gave 4 to Joe. 9 minus 4 can be expressed as: (along with a visual of 9 apples, and I take away 4) 9 - 4 = 5 apples Answer: 5 apples

Subject: Art History

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The Victory Stele of Naram-Sin (c. 2200 BC) is a stone carving that depicts King Naram-Sin of Akkad leading the Akkadian Army to victory over the Lullabi. Discuss three ways that status is depicted in this piece.

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The composition of figures in this piece is significant to the status of those figures. King Naram-Sin stands physically above the rest of the army, which signifies his importance over them. He is also physically closer to the sun and sky, a symbol of the gods, but he still stands below the sun and his army. This shows that as a King, he would have been viewed as more god-like than the others, but not more powerful or important than a god. The size of the figures is also significant. King Naram-Sin has a larger body than the rest of the army, which marks him as more powerful and more important than the rest. The grouping of figures is also significant to the depiction of status in this piece. King Naram-Sin stands on his own, while the rest of the army is depicted in clumps. The army men are depicted as copies of one another, while Naram-Sin stands on his own, isolated from the rest. His power is unlike anything that a commoner might have.

Subject: Algebra

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How do you think about this problem and solve for x? 6x + 3 - 5x = 8 -2x + 4

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As the equation is set up, both sides are equal to each other. We have to make sure both sides are equal the whole time when we're trying to figure out what x is. Think about it like a balanced scale : You can add the same weight to both sides and it will stay balanced, or you can take away weight from both sides and it will stay balanced. But, if you change one side and not the other, your scale is unbalanced. With this in mind, let's try and get x by itself. First, combine all the terms you can. This means combining variables with variables, and integers with integers if they're together on the same side of the equation. (6x - 5x) + 3 = (8 + 4) - 2x x + 3 = 13 -2x Next, we want to move the variables to one side and the integers to the other. Remember, whatever you do to one side, you have to do to the other. How can we make the -2x on the right side disappear? Add 2x! And do it on both sides. 3x + 3 = 12 Let's do the same thing with the numbers! How can we get rid of the 3 on the left so that the 3x is by itself? Subtract 3! On both sides! 3x = 9 The last step is to isolate the x by itself so we can solve x = __. To turn 3x into x, we must divide by 3. make sure to do it on both sides! x= 3

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