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# Learn to solve word problems

This is a collection of word problem solvers that solve your problems and help you understand the solutions. All problems are customizable (meaning that you can change all parameters). We try to have a comprehensive collection of school algebra problems. The good news is that the steps to solve word problems are always the same. The bad news is that you may have to think pretty hard. Here's a run down on what you need to do for a typical age word problem, with a little example.
The older brother Bob is two year older than his little sister Alice. Taken together, the sum of their ages is 8. 1. The older brother Bob is two year older than his little sister Alice. Taken together, the sum of their 1. Read the problem carefully. ages is 8. 2. Get rid of clutter 2. Bob is two years older than Alice. Bob's age plus Alice's age = 8. 3. Identify key variables (unknowns). 3. Bob's age B and Alice's age A 4. Eliminate unneeded 4. Get rid of B. Bob is 2 years older than Alice, so you variables. can use A+2 instead of B 5. Use the text of the problem 5. Sum of their ages is 8. A + (A+2) = 8. to write equations. 6. Solve the equation using my Universal math 6. Solve the equation. simplifier and solver (click here!). 7. Find the remaining variables.

7. With the link above, you just found Alice's Age A=3. Bob's age is two years older, which is 5.

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Introduction
How to work word problems

1. Numbers
Relationships among numbers

## 2. Time and Travel

direction; meeting, catching up Travel Related Problems Going and coming back Going against (and with) wind and current Problems related to mixing mixtures of various concentrations. Areas... Learn to not use bad roots 2 apples and 3 oranges cost , 1 apple and 2 oranges cost . Customizable! Combined age Relation of ages now and some time ago Interest income Total amounts and partial investments Triangles, rectangles, spheres etc Realtors, etc Total amounts and partial investments

3. Mixtures
Mixing Mixtures

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5. Linear Problems
Problems reducible to linear equations

6. Age Problems
Typical age-related problems

7. Finance Problems
Typical finance-related problems

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