# Practise Translating Word Problems into Algebra

In this worksheet, students will choose the expression that matches the given word problem.

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Algebra

Curriculum subtopic:   Use and Interpret Algebraic Notation

Difficulty level:

#### Worksheet Overview

In a previous activity, we represented word problems using algebraic expressions.

Let's take it a bit further.

If you decided to go to the shop to buy a chocolate bar and your friends then asked you to get one for them, you would not write the order like this:

1 lumpy caramel chewy

1 lumpy caramel chewy

1 lumpy caramel chewy

1 nutty caramel chewy

1 nutty caramel chewy

It has to be easier to write 3L + 2N where L means lumpy and N means nutty.

If I wrote 2P what could it mean?

Answer - Well, we don't know what P is (it could be absolutely anything, clouds, sweets, cars, apples .....) but we do know that there are 2 of them.

A question could look like this:

Example

What does 2f + 4h - 5t mean?

f multiplied by 2, add h multiplied by 4, subtract t multiplied by 5

So, now we know how to get from the statement to the algebraic expression ........... and back again!

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