# Steemkids lessons: Forming simple equations

An equation is a mathematical sentence where two algebraic expressions are equal.

Equation shows that two expressions are equal to each other.

**Example**

**3x + 5 = 20**. *This means that the right hand side is equal to the left hand side.*

An equation in which the highest power of unknown is one is known as simple equation.

Examples are: **x + 8 = 12; 3a + 6 = 10; 12 + b = 20**

### Forming simple equations

Simple word problems can be translated to algebraic equations.

Below is an example

**1.)** If a certain number is multiplied by 3, the answer is 12 more than the number. Represent this with an equation

##### Solution

**Step 1**: represent the unknown with a letter.

The unknown in this case is the number. So, we say the number is **a**.

The expression says that the unknown is multiplied by 3. That is **3a**.

Also the answer is 12 more than the number.

3a = 12 + a

The equation has been formed as

**3a = 12 + a**.

**2.)** 5 times a number is added to 5 which give the result of 20.

*identify the unknown and represent with a number**. We will represent the unknown with **n**.

The expression says that the number is added 5 times to 5. That is **5n + 5**

Also it gives the result of 20. Which means that the number added 5 times to 5 is equal to 20.

The equation is formed as:

**5n + 5 = 20**

**3)** I have a certain amount, if I add 14 to it, the result will be 16. What is the amount I have.

**solution**

Let **d** represent the amount

d + 14 = 16

Solving simple equations

Solve the following equations:

5n + 5 = 20

The unknown in the equation is **n**.

*Separate the unknown part from the known.*

5n = 20 - 5

*solve the known part*

5n = 20-5

5n = 25

Divide both sides by the number attached to the unknown.

5n/5 = 25/5

n = 4

This means that the unknown in the equation is 4.

**Example 2**

**Example 3**

**Example 4**

**Note:** When a positive sign crosses over an equality sign it changes to negative and the other way round.

For example: 2 + s = 4 = s = 4 - 2

The positive sign in 2 changes to negative when it is crossing an equality sign.

#### Assignment

**Section a**

Form equations with the following expressions:

- Four times a number gives 40
- I have a number, double it and add 10 to it, and the answer will be 20.
- Twice a number is added to 5 and it gives 25 as the result.
- Ninety plus a number gives two hundred and one.

**Section b**

Solve the equations you have formed in section a.

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