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The 5-Step Method of Solving Applied Problems

Module by: Denny Burzynski, Wade Ellis. E-mail the authors

Summary: This module is a quick reference to the five-step method of solving applied problems from Elementary Algebra by Denny Burzynski and Wade Ellis, Jr.

  1. Step 1. Let xx (or some other letter) represent the unknown quantity.
  2. Step 2. Translate the English to mathematics and form an equation.
  3. Step 3. Solve this equation.
  4. Step 4. Check this result by substituting it into the original statement of the problem.
  5. Step 5. Write a conclusion.

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