# Word Problems

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at
12:18 pm

# Solving Word Problems

## To solve math word problems, it is always best to use the following Five Step Plan.

## Five Step Plan

## a) Write the question.

## b) List what do you know. Tell what x =’s.

## c) Write an equation.

## d) Solve for x.

## e) Write the answer to part a.

### Examples:

### 1. A number multiplied by 5 is 6 more than 3 times the number. What is one less than the number?

### Answer:

### a) What is one less than the number?

### b) x = the number

### c) 5x = 3x + 6

### d) 2x = 6

### x = 3

### e) One less than the number is 2.

### 2. The length of the top of a table is 7 m greater than the width. The area is 78. Find the dimensions of the table.

### Answer:

### a) Find the dimensions.

### b) width = x

### length = x+7

### c) A = l x w

### d)

### does not make sense. A dimension cannot be negative.

### e) The dimensions of the table are 6 m by 13 m.

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