Much of algebra seems obsessed with "doing the same thing to both sides". Why is this? How can we develop an intuition for which algebraic operations are valid and which ones aren't? This tutorial takes a high-level, conceptual walk-through of what an equation represents and why we do the same thing to both sides of it. Common Core Standard: 6.EE.B.7
To find the value of a variable, you sometimes have to get it on one side of the equation alone. To do that, you'll need to do something to BOTH sides of the equation. Watch. We'll explain why we do this.