Summary of word problems and algebra

Last updated: 13 Oct 2008

In this tutorial we have looked at techniques for solving word problems.

Summarize
  • Organize the information you are given into equations or a table.
  • When using equations, use sensible variable names.
  • Identify exactly which value you have to find.
Solve
  • Keep working even if you are not sure exactly what to do.
  • When using equations, keep eliminating variables until you have only the one you need to find.
  • With tables, keep calculating more elements in the table until you arrive at the answer you need.

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