EUREKA SOLVING EQUATIONS PUZZLES Students love to unravel “I’m thinking of a number” puzzles!

Use these puzzles to introduce solving equations intuitively. Or use these puzzles after students have learned how to translate word problems into equations. Either way, your students will enjoy the work while reinforcing basic solving skills. Answers are included!

EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

I'm thinking of a number. If you multiply my number by 6 and add 5, you will get 53. What is my number? EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

I'm thinking of a number. If you multiply my number by 5 and subtract 5, you will get 55. What is my number? EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

I'm thinking of a number. If you multiply my number by 7 and subtract 13, you will get 50. What is my number?

I'm thinking of a number. If you divide my number by 3 and add 10, you will get 43. What is my number?

EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

I'm thinking of a number. If you divide my number by 4 and subtract 6, you will get 10. What is my number?

I'm thinking of a number. If you multiply my number by 5 and add 2 times my number, you will get 70. What is my number?

EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

I'm thinking of a number. If you divide my number by 3 and add 4 times my number, you will get 52. What is my number? EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

I'm thinking of a number. If you multiply my number by 6 and subtract 55, you will get my number. What is my number?

EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

I'm thinking of a number. If you multiply my number by 12 and subtract 79, you will get my number plus 9. What is my number?

I'm thinking of a number. If you multiply my number by 15 and add 4, you will get my number times 16. What is my number?

EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

8

EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

12

I'm thinking of a number. If you multiply my number by 6 and add 5, you will get 53. What is my number? EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

I'm thinking of a number. If you multiply my number by 5 and subtract 5, you will get 55. What is my number? EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

9

99

I'm thinking of a number. If you multiply my number by 7 and subtract 13, you will get 50. What is my number?

I'm thinking of a number. If you divide my number by 3 and add 10, you will get 43. What is my number?

EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

64

EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

10

I'm thinking of a number. If you divide my number by 4 and subtract 6, you will get 10. What is my number?

I'm thinking of a number. If you multiply my number by 5 and add 2 times my number, you will get 70. What is my number?

EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

12

EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

11

I'm thinking of a number. If you divide my number by 3 and add 4 times my number, you will get 52. What is my number? EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

I'm thinking of a number. If you multiply my number by 6 and subtract 55, you will get my number. What is my number?

8

EUREKA! I’VE GOT IT!

4

I'm thinking of a number. If you multiply my number by 12 and subtract 79, you will get my number plus 9. What is my number?

I'm thinking of a number. If you multiply my number by 15 and add 4, you will get my number times 16. What is my number?

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