   # Solving Word Problems

 Our Algebra 1 tutorial software program contains over 60 topic areas. One of them is Solving Word Problems, and this page summarizes the main ideas of this topic. This page is intended for review, and is not a substitute for the interactive, self-paced tutorials of the MathTutor algebra 1 software program.

General Explanation

In this lesson we'll learn to solve simple word problems. We'll begin by examining a problem stated in English. Then we'll convert the problem into an algebraic equation which we can solve.

Sample Problem

Sally is F times older than Joan. If Joan's age is 7, what is Sally's age?

Solution

We will begin by translating the words in the problem into symbols and an equation. After the problem is expressed as an equation, we can solve it to find the solution.

1. Let's examine the first sentence:
```Sally is F times older than Joan.
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Now express the important quantities as variables:
```Let S stand for Sally's age
Let J stand for Joan's age
```
```S is F times older than J
`S = F times older than J`
`S = FJ`
`S = 7F`