Translate an english phrase to an algebraic expression
In the last section, we listed many operation symbols that are used in algebra, then we translated expressions and equations into English phrases and sentences. Now we’ll reverse the process. We’ll translate English phrases into algebraic expressions. The symbols and variables we’ve talked about will help us do that.
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Operation
Phrase
Expression
Addition
a plus
b the sum of
$a$ and
b $a$ increased by
b b more than
$a$ the total of
$a$ and
b b added to
$a$
$a+b$
Subtraction
$a$ minus
b the difference of
$a$ and
b $a$ decreased by
b b less than
$a$ b subtracted from
$a$
$a-b$
Multiplication
$a$ times
b the product of
$a$ and
b twice
$a$
$a\xb7b,ab,a(b),(a)(b)$
2
a
Division
$a$ divided by
b the quotient of
$a$ and
b the ratio of
$a$ and
b b divided into
$a$
$a\xf7b,a\text{/}b,\frac{a}{b},b\overline{)a}$
Look closely at these phrases using the four operations:
Each phrase tells us to operate on two numbers. Look for the words
of and
and to find the numbers.
Translate each English phrase into an algebraic expression:
ⓐ the difference of
$17x$ and
$5$ⓑ the quotient of
$10{x}^{2}$ and
$7.$
Solution
ⓐ The key word is
difference , which tells us the operation is subtraction. Look for the words
of and
and t o find the numbers to subtract.
ⓑ The key word is “quotient,” which tells us the operation is division.
This can also be written
$10{x}^{2}\text{/}7\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{or}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\frac{10{x}^{2}}{7}.$
How old will you be in eight years? What age is eight more years than your age now? Did you add 8 to your present age? Eight “more than” means 8 added to your present age. How old were you seven years ago? This is 7 years less than your age now. You subtract 7 from your present age. Seven “less than” means 7 subtracted from your present age.
Translate the English phrase into an algebraic expression:
ⓐ Seventeen more than
yⓑ Nine less than
$9{x}^{2}.$
Solution
ⓐ The key words are
more than. They tell us the operation is addition.
More than means “added to.”
Translate the English phrase into an algebraic expression:
ⓐ five times the sum of
m and
nⓑ the sum of five times
m and
n .
Solution
There are two operation words—
times tells us to multiply and
sum tells us to add.
ⓐ Because we are multiplying 5 times the sum we need parentheses around the sum of
m and
n ,
$\left(m+n\right).$ This forces us to determine the sum first. (Remember the order of operations.)
$\begin{array}{}\\ \\ \hfill \text{five times the sum of}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}m\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}n\hfill \\ \hfill 5\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}(m+n)\hfill \end{array}$
ⓑ To take a sum, we look for the words “of” and “and” to see what is being added. Here we are taking the sum
of five times
m and
n .
June needs 48 gallons of punch for a party and has two different coolers to carry it in. The bigger cooler is five times as large as the smaller cooler. How many gallons can each cooler hold?
I hope this is correct,
x=cooler 1
5x=cooler 2
x + 5x = 48
6x=48
×=8 gallons
5×=40 gallons
ericka
Priam has pennies and dimes in a cup holder in his car. The total value of the coins is $4.21 . The number of dimes is three less than four times the number of pennies. How many pennies and how many dimes are in the cup?
Arnold invested $64,000 some at 5.5% interest and the rest at 9% interest how much did he invest at each rate if he received $4500 in interest in one year
List five positive thoughts you can say to yourself that will help youapproachwordproblemswith a positive attitude. You may want to copy them on a sheet of paper and put it in the front of your notebook, where you can read them often.
Avery and Caden have saved $27,000 towards a down payment on a house. They want to keep some of the money in a bank account that pays 2.4% annual interest and the rest in a stock fund that pays 7.2% annual interest. How much should they put into each account so that they earn 6% interest per year?
I have 6% of 27000 = 1620
so we need to solve 2.4x +7.2y =1620
Catherine
I think Catherine is on the right track. Solve for x and y.
Scott
next bit : x=(1620-7.2y)/2.4
y=(1620-2.4x)/7.2
I think we can then put the expression on the right hand side of the "x=" into the second equation. 2.4x in the second equation can be rewritten as 2.4(rhs of first equation)
I write this out tidy and get back to you...
Catherine
Darrin is hanging 200 feet of Christmas garland on the three sides of fencing that enclose his rectangular front yard. The length is five feet less than five times the width. Find the length and width of the fencing.
Mario invested $475 in $45 and $25 stock shares. The number of $25 shares was five less than three times the number of $45 shares. How many of each type of share did he buy?
let # of $25 shares be (x) and # of $45 shares be (y)
we start with $25x + $45y=475, right?
we are told the number of $25 shares is 3y-5) so plug in this for x.
$25(3y-5)+$45y=$475
75y-125+45y=475
75y+45y=600
120y=600
y=5
so if #$25 shares is (3y-5) plug in y.
Joshua
will every polynomial have finite number of multiples?
a=# of 10's. b=# of 20's; a+b=54; 10a + 20b=$910; a=54 -b; 10(54-b) + 20b=$910; 540-10b+20b=$910; 540+10b=$910; 10b=910-540; 10b=370; b=37; so there are 37 20's and since a+b=54, a+37=54; a=54-37=17; a=17, so 17 10's. So lets check. $740+$170=$910.
. A cashier has 54 bills, all of which are $10 or $20 bills. The total value of the money is $910. How many of each type of bill does the cashier have?
the solution says it 14 but how i thought it would be 17 im i right or wrong is the exercise wrong
Dwayne
17
Melissa
wow the exercise told me 17x solution is 14x lmao
Dwayne
thank you
Dwayne
A private jet can fly 1,210 miles against a 25 mph headwind in the same amount of time it can fly 1,694 miles with a 25 mph tailwind. Find the speed of the jet
Washing his dad’s car alone, eight-year-old Levi takes 2.5 hours. If his dad helps him, then it takes 1 hour. How long does it take the Levi’s dad to wash the car by himself?
Ethan and Leo start riding their bikes at the opposite ends of a 65-mile bike path. After Ethan has ridden 1.5 hours and Leo has ridden 2 hours, they meet on the path. Ethan’s speed is 6 miles per hour faster than Leo’s speed. Find the speed of the two bikers.
Nathan walked on an asphalt pathway for 12 miles. He walked the 12 miles back to his car on a gravel road through the forest. On the asphalt he walked 2 miles per hour faster than on the gravel. The walk on the gravel took one hour longer than the walk on the asphalt. How fast did he walk on the gravel?