MPs in High School: Algebra as Bookkeeping

Al Cuoco, the director of the Center for Mathematics Education at EDC, has written some essays that show how mathematical practices can be used in high school. The essays explore examples of Common Core’s Standards for Mathematical Practice. We’ll post all the essays here in the coming weeks.

For more information about EDC programs around the Mathematical Practices, visit and

The second essay is on the use of formal algebra for bookkeeping, and you can use the methods to solve at least one of this site’s “We Got A Problem” problems. (Click on the link to view PDF.)

About Bowen Kerins
Bowen is a mathematics curriculum writer. He is a lead author of CME Project, a high school curriculum focused on mathematical habits of mind, and part of the author team of the Illustrative Mathematics curriculum series. Bowen leads professional development nationally, primarily on how math content can be taught with a focus on higher-level goals. Bowen is also a champion pinball player and once won $1,000 for knowing the number of degrees in a right angle.

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