Solving Word Problems in Algebra
Inequality Word Problems
Are you ready to dive into the "real world" of inequalities? I know that solving word problems in Algebra is probably not your favorite, but there's no point in learning the skill if you don't apply it.
I've tried to provide you with examples that could pertain to your life and come in handy one day! Think about others ways you might use inequalities in real world problems! I'd love to hear about them if you do!
Before we look at the examples let's go over some of the rules and key words for solving word problems in Algebra (or any math class).
Word Problem Solving Strategies
Read through the entire problem.
Highlight the important information and key words that you need to solve the problem.
Identify your variables.
Write the equation or inequality.
Write your answer in a complete sentence.
Check or justify your answer.
I know it always helps too, if you have key words that help you to write the equation or inequality. Here are a few key words that we associate with inequalities! Keep these handy as a reference!
Inequality Key Words
at least - means greater than or equal to
no more than - means less than or equal to
more than - means greater than
less than - means less than
Ok... let's put it into action and look at our examples!