How Do You Solve a Word Problem By Writing an Inequality?

How Do You Solve a Word Problem By Writing an Inequality?

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Got an inequality in a word problem? This tutorial will show you how to define variables, translate a word problem into an inequality, and understand what it all means!

Keywords:

problem

inequality

translate words to algebra

write inequality from words

word problem

variable

less than

one variable

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

Solve word problems leading to inequalities of the form px + q > r or px + q < r, where p, q, and r are specific rational numbers. Graph the solution set of the inequality and interpret it in the context of the problem.

Word problems allow you to see math in action! This tutorial deals with inequalities and money in a bank account. See how to translate a word problem into an inequality, solve the problem, and understand the answer. Take a look!