One of the challenges of solving a word problem is first turning those words into a math equation you can then use to solve. This tutorial takes you through a word problem and shows you how to translate it into a useable math equation!

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Background Tutorials

Write expressions that record operations with numbers and with letters standing for numbers.

Knowing the mathematical meaning of words allows you to decipher word problems and gives you the power to write your own word problems, too! Take a look at these words and learn their mathematical translations.

Evaluate expressions at specific values of their variables. Include expressions that arise from formulas used in real-world problems. Perform arithmetic operations, including those involving whole-number exponents, in the conventional order when there are no parentheses to specify a particular order (Order of Operations).

You can't do algebra without working with variables, but variables can be confusing. If you've ever wondered what variables are, then this tutorial is for you!

Further Exploration

Use variables to represent numbers and write expressions when solving a real-world or mathematical problem; understand that a variable can represent an unknown number, or, depending on the purpose at hand, any number in a specified set.

Word problems are just math in disguise! Follow along with this tutorial to get some practice translating a word problem into a mathematical equation. Then, see how to solve that equation and answer the word problem!