# One-step equations – word problems

One-step equations can also be communicated in the form of word problems. The only difference between mathematically expressed equations and word problems is that, in word problems, you have to recognize the variable and other elements of the equation yourself. The easiest way to explain this would be using an example. So let us try with this one.

### An example of one-step equations with word problems

Let us imagine that you are working as a computer programmer in a company that makes computer games. You are getting paid 50\$ per hour and at the end of the day, you earned 400\$. How many hours did you have to work to earn that kind of money?

The first thing we have to do is to recognize the variable. In this case, it would be the hours that we had to work to earn that wage. We will mark it using the letter „X“ (you can use whatever letter you want).

50 * X = 400

Your hourly wage is on the left side with the variable because you have to work „X“ hours a day while being paid 50\$ per hour to earn your daily wage of 400\$ (which is on the right side of the equation). Since this is a one-step equation, the only thing left to do is to get rid of the number in front of our variable so we can find the value of „X“. We can do that by dividing the whole equation by 50.

50 * X = 400 |: 50

X = 8

You can see now that the number of hours you have to work to earn 400\$ if you are being paid 50\$ per hour is 8. This is the value of our „X“ and the solution of our word problem.

Knowing how to mathematically express and solve word problems has genuine real world applications and you will use those skills very often during the course of your everyday life. Therefore, it is important that you feel comfortable using them. To master solving word problems with one-step equations, download the worksheets below and practice solving them on your own.

## One-step equations – word problems exams for teachers

 Exam Name File Size Downloads Upload date Addition and subtraction One-step equations – Word problems – easy 460.5 kB 25617 October 13, 2012 One step equations – Word problems – medium 460.4 kB 18229 October 13, 2012 One-step equations – Word problems – hard 462.4 kB 10384 October 13, 2012 Multiplication and division One-step equations – Word problems – easy 460.5 kB 12010 October 13, 2012 One-step equations – Word problems – medium 460.3 kB 9189 October 13, 2012 One-step equations – Word problems – hard 462.1 kB 5847 October 13, 2012 Combined One-step equations – Word problems – easy 460.5 kB 13358 October 13, 2012 One-step equations – Word problems – medium 460.6 kB 12542 October 13, 2012 One-step equations – Word problems – hard 15.7 kB 7907 November 25, 2011 Complete One-step equations – Word problems – Complete 16.0 kB 8840 November 25, 2011

## One-step equations – word problems worksheets for students

 Worksheet Name File Size Downloads Upload date One-step equations – Word problems – Addition and subtraction 548.5 kB 11121 October 14, 2012 One-step equations – Word problems – Multiplication and division 536.6 kB 7035 October 14, 2012 One-step equations – Word problems – Combined equations 550 kB 12407 October 14, 2012