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Solving Word Problems in Algebra
Writing Standard Form Equations



We've studied word problems that allow for you to write an equation in slope intercept form. How do we know when a problem should be solved using an equation written in standard form?


As you are reading and analyzing the word problem, if you find that you can set up an addition problem, and you have a set total (constant), then you will be able to write an equation in standard form.

Let's look at a couple of examples.



Example 1


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Let's look at one more example.



Example 2


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I know it's hard to imagine when you will need to use this skill, or even how to solve problems written in this form. You will be writing these equations and solving them when you get to the Systems of Equations Unit. So, stick with me - it will all come together and make sense.



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