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Solving Word Problems in Algebra
Inequality Word Problems

How are you with solving word problems in Algebra? 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 promise to make this as easy as possible. Pay close attention to the key words given below, as this will help you to write the inequality. Once the inequality is written, you can solve the inequality using the skills you learned in our past lessons.

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.

  • Solve.

  • 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.

Example 1

inequality word problems

solving inequality word problems

That wasn't too bad, was it? Let's take a look at another example.

Example 2

inequality algebra word problems

inequality word problems

Are you ready to try some on your own now? Yes... of course you are! Click here to move onto the word problem practice problems.

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