Literal Equations Worksheets

What are Literal Equations? Equation is an important aspect of the core mathematics principle. However, the idea behind an equation can differ from problem to problem. For instance, you might get a question, in which you have to figure out the nature of the curve by the type of equation. In another example, you might be required to solve for a solution set. There are countless possibilities. One of those types of equations is the literal equation, in which you have two variables, and you have to solve for a specified variable. For instance, you know that the area of square is length2, therefore, you know the value of length; hence you know the area. In some cases, you have to make the formula to solve the problem. For instance, you know the perimeter of the square fence in your backyard. However, you don’t the length of the side. Let us solve for this scenario. p = 4s, where "s" is the fence and "p" is the perimeter. But you know that the perimeter is 124m; hence, enabling you to change the formula. p/4 = s, 124/4 = s, s = 31m. There are numerous other examples of literal equations which we solve in our daily mathematical lives. We just now know the name of the equation.

  • Basic Lesson

    Guides students through solving literal equations.

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  • Intermediate Lesson

    Demonstrates the concept of advanced skill while solving literal equations.

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  • Independent Practice 1

    A really great activity for allowing students to understand the concepts of the literal equations. Example: Brandon knows that his truck route from Illinois to Tennessee is 320 miles long. He also knows that (D = rt)How long will his route take if he averages a speed of 60 mi/hr?

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  • Independent Practice 2

    Students use literal equations in 20 assorted problems. The answers can be found below. Example: Lightning quickly heats the air causing it to expand, which produces the sound of thunder. Sound travels approximately 1 mile in 8 seconds. Knowing D = rt, how far away is a thunderstorm when you notice a 4-second delay between the flash of lightning and the sound of thunder?

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  • Homework Worksheet

    Students are provided with 12 problems to achieve the concepts of literal equations.

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  • Skill Quiz

    This tests the students ability to understand literal equations.

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  • Answer Key

    Answers for all lessons and independent practice.

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