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Writing Your Own Formulas
• So far we’ve been learning how to solve equations and a whole bunch other stuff. 6x(y3)
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BUT, what good is Math without talking about our beautiful world??
In a problem, you are usually asked to find an unknown.
When writing the formula, we represent this unknown with a lowercase letter.
When solving a problem, write out what info is given, other information that is important, and what you don’t know. EXAMPLE: Joe Schmo spends $10 each month on soda. How much does Joe Schmo spend in one year?
EXAMPLE: Joe Schmo spends $10 each month on soda. How much does Joe Schmo spend in one year? GIVEN: WRITE WHAT $10 a month INFO IS GIVEN
IS IMPORTANT 12 months in a year DON’T KNOW YET Spend in a year (s) EQUATION $10 (12) = s
WRITE WHAT YOU DON’T, (And pick a variable) WRITE THE EQUATION
200 cars are built each day. How many days will it take to build 5000 cars? WRITE WHAT KNOW: 200 cars per INFO IS GIVEN day TO YOU
Need to build 5000
DON’T KNOW How many days (d) Formula:
WRITE WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW, (And pick a variable) WRITE THE EQUATION
Translation: English to Math
“is the same” “is identical to” “is equal to” “equals” “is”
=
Translation: English to Math
“LESS”
“MINUS”

Translation: English to Math
“PLUS”
+
Translation: English to Math
“The Sum Of…”
(Two numbers Grouped and added…)
( ? +? )
Translation: English to Math
“ A Number”
(a number we don’t Know yet…)
(…so pick any letter!)
X
Translation: English to Math
“TWICE”
2•
Translation: English to Math
“Half…”
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PRACTICE
Twice the sum of a number and 15 minus 32 is 235. Write out the formula.
(x 2• + 15) 32= 235
Let’s Solve it!! Yay !!
Write this formula in words:
If x = distance, y = time and v = velocity, write the following formula in words:
5(x + y) = v  45
Five times the sum of distance and time equals 45 less than velocity is equal to velocity minus 45 is