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Translating Problems Into One-Step Equations

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Translating Problems Into One-Step Equations

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You will translate simple word problems (involving all four basic operations) into one-step equations.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Translate simple word problems into one-step equations.

Everything You'll Have Covered

Equations and equality.

An equation is a mathematical sentence that shows equality; includes an equal sign, and often includes a variable.

A relationship between mathematical expressions shows equality when the expressions are the same.

For example,

In order to solve real-world problems, you can write an equation to help you determine the answer.

Utilizing a step-by-step process when translating problems into one-step equations.

This Activity Objects uses the following step-by-step process when translating problems into one-step equations:

1.    Figure out what is being asked for, or identify the unknown.

2.    Designate a variable to represent the unknown.

3.    Select the words which show the relationship between the unknown and any other information given in the problem.

4.    Determine the key word or words which indicate equality.

5.    Determine the key word or words which indicate an operation.

6.    Form the equation.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 20 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Learners should be familiar with algebraic expressions, equality, equations, basic operations on whole numbers, and variables.
Course Math Foundations
Type of Tutorial Concept Development
Key Vocabulary algebraic expression, equation, translating problems