Age word problems
Age word problems 256
Exercise Name: Age word problems
Math Missions: 8th grade (U.S.) Math Mission, Algebra I Math Mission, Mathematics II Math Mission
Types of Problems: 1

The Age word problems exercise appears under the 8th grade (U.S.) Math Mission, Algebra I Math Mission and Mathematics II Math Mission This exercise practices the set up and solving of linear equations as related to age specific problems.

Types of Problems

There is one type of problem in this exercise:

  1. Find the solution to the age word problem: This problem provides a word problem in which several peoples' ages are related to one another. The user is expected to find the age of a particular person in the problem and write the answer in the space provided.

    Find the solution to the age word problem


Some skills and knowledge that could be useful on this exercise would include an ability to translate from English into math and an ability to solve equations by substitution. Other methods could be utilized also, such as elimination or graphing.

  1. Most of the translations lend themselves nicely to substitution methods of solving equations.

Real-life applications

  1. These types of problems are easily extendable to other applications such as distant, rate and time in physics and simple interest equations in business.
  2. Equations show up in nearly every science or business class one is ever in.
  3. Computers are also equation solvers. Computers were originally invented to solve equations over and over again instead of humans doing the calculations.

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