Writing algebraic expressions can be confusing for some. Use this lesson on writing algebraic equations to help you better understand them.
If you're learning algebra in school or are studying for a test, you've probably notice that many problems ask you to translate written words into algebraic expressions. In other words, there are plenty of word problems.
Some word problems have real-life details—almost like a short story. Others are simple, like descriptions of a math problem. We'll start with simple word problems, then move on to slightly more complex ones.
Before you can tackle complex word problems, you need to learn how to translate simple problems into algebra. Watch this video from Khan Academy to learn how:
As you can see in the video, you can translate word problems into math problems by replacing the words with operators that mean the same thing. So for instance, four divided by x could be 4 ÷ x. ÷ and / are just two ways of writing divided.
Here are some of the most common math words you'll see:
Many of these are probably familiar to you in everyday conversation. For instance: