Instructional Activity# Stacks of Cups

Lesson 12. Unit 4. Grade 8 Open Up Resources

Open Up Resources10 min(s)

This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 12, Unit 4, Grade 8. Students explore a system of equations with no solutions in the familiar context of cup stacking. The context reinforces a discussion about what it means for a system of equations to have no solutions, both in terms of a graph and in terms of the equations. Over the next few lessons, the concept of one solution, no solutions, and infinitely many solutions will be abstracted to problems without context. In those situations, it may be useful to refer back to the context in this activity and others as a way to guide students towards abstraction.