How to Write Verbal Sentences as Equations

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Writing verbal sentences as equations will require you to first identify all of the variables. Write verbal sentences as equations with help from a professional private tutor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Rachel, and today we're going to be going over writing verbal sentences as equations. The important thing when you are looking at a verbal sentence is to identify the key words that will translate into the mathematical equation. These key words are words like sum or more than which signify addition right, when we see those words we just know, it's good to circle them. We know we want addition. They are subtraction words like difference, and less than right, less than, we'll just do that. There is words like product for multiplication. There's words like quotient for division, there's all sorts of key words that we want to look out for that will signal to us okay, this is you know, a multiplication problem or this is a, you know, subtraction problem. You'll have things like you know, the product of you know, 5 and 6 is you know, is what, and you'll have to say okay products, that means multiplication so the product of 5 and 6 that just means 5 x 6, well that's 30 and you can directly translate from a verbal sentence to a mathematical equation. I'm Rachel and thanks for learning with us today.


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