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Pre-Algebra : Writing Equations from Word Problems

Write an algebraic equation that you can use to solve for the answer.

Scared of older kids, Alex pays Mr Simon some protection money. If any kid harasses Alex, Mr Simon will take care of the problem. For his services, Mr Simon asks for $90. Alex pays Mr Simon $15 and promises to pay the rest in six equal payments. How much was each payment?

To build a dog house for his Chihuahua, Brian goes to Home Depot for some supplies. He buys a hammer for $5.75, wood for $24.75, nails for $4, and three small containers of paint. He also used a $25 coupon. If he spent a total of $38.55, how much was each can of paint? Ignore sales tax.

Solution Summary

Equations are found from word problems and solved.