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Algebra: Symbol Word Problems




 
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Symbol Problems are word problems that use symbols to represent a certain group of operations.

The question will always tell you what the symbols means. Read the question carefully and then plug in the numbers.

Example 1:

symbol problem 1  What is the value of symbol problem 2

Solution:

Step 1: Plug in x= 1/3

symbol problem example 1

Step 2: Plug in x = 4

symbol problem 4

Step 3: Add the two

symbol problem 5

Answer: 10 5/6

Example 2:

symbol problem 6  If symbol problem 7, what is the value of k?

Solution:

Step 1: Plug in x = 4 and y = 5

symbol problem 8

Step 2: Plug in x = k and y = 10

symbol problem 9

Step 3: Equate the two

symbol problem 10

Cross Multiply

symbol problem 11

Answer: 8




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