Example Question #1 : Equations
In Spot’s toy basket he has balls. There are more stuffed animals than balls and there is double the number of ropes than balls. How many toys does Spot have in his basket?
To solve this problem, we first have to find our unknowns. Our unknowns are the number of ropes and stuffed animals that Spot has. We can set up equations for these unknowns by letting represent ropes and represent stuffed animals.
because he has more stuffed animals than his balls.
because double means times more.
Now we need to add up our number of balls, stuffed animals and ropes to find our total.