Onestep equations – word problems
Onestep 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 onestep 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 onestep 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 onestep equations, download the worksheets below and practice solving them on your own.
Onestep equations – word problems exams for teachers
Exam Name  File Size  Downloads  Upload date 
Onestep equations – Word problems – easy  460.5 kB  14613  October 13, 2012 
One step equations – Word problems – medium  460.4 kB  10295  October 13, 2012 
Onestep equations – Word problems – hard  462.4 kB  5915  October 13, 2012 
Multiplication and division


Onestep equations – Word problems – easy  460.5 kB  6759  October 13, 2012 
Onestep equations – Word problems – medium  460.3 kB  5123  October 13, 2012 
Onestep equations – Word problems – hard  462.1 kB  3309  October 13, 2012 
Combined


Onestep equations – Word problems – easy  460.5 kB  7272  October 13, 2012 
Onestep equations – Word problems – medium  460.6 kB  6772  October 13, 2012 
Onestep equations – Word problems – hard  15.7 kB  4582  November 25, 2011 
Complete


Onestep equations – Word problems – Complete  16.0 kB  5193  November 25, 2011 
Onestep equations – word problems worksheets for students
Worksheet Name  File Size  Downloads  Upload date 
Onestep equations – Word problems – Addition and subtraction  548.5 kB  5899  October 14, 2012 
Onestep equations – Word problems – Multiplication and division  536.6 kB  3922  October 14, 2012 
Onestep equations – Word problems – Combined equations  550 kB  7160  October 14, 2012 