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Is higher education a good investment? One of the biggest questions students face is how much education to get. While bachelors and graduate degrees may lead to higher earnings, they can also be expensive and take years to earn.

In this lesson, students write and solve systems of linear equations to determine how long it would take to pay off various degrees and discuss the pros and cons of different educational paths.

Students will

  • Write linear equations to model real-world scenarios.
  • Solve systems of equations graphically, algebraically, and/or by reasoning with tables.

Before you begin

Students do not need to be familiar with formal solving methods for systems to reason through this system.

Common Core Standards

Content Standards
Mathematical Practices