Using Equations to Solve Age Problems in Math


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The correct order of steps in solving a word problem is:

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1. Six years from now, Olivia will be three times older than she is today. How old is she?

2. In 16 years, Marissa will be five times older than she is today. How old is she?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet is provided as an assessment and review of what you know about solving math problems about age. You'll review the steps to setting up these types of problems and then solving them correctly.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The intent of this quiz and worksheet is to review what you know about:

  • The steps in solving a word problem
  • Applying the steps to solve problems involving age
  • Problems comparing two people's ages

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - see if you can remember the steps needed to solve word problems
  • Making connections - review your knowledge of word problems to be able to set up problems involving age
  • Problem solving - use what you know about word problems to solve problems involving age

Additional Learning

If you'd like to learn more about this topic, see the lesson Using Equations to Solve Age Problems in Math. In this lesson, you'll learn more about:

  • The four step process to a word problem solution
  • How to find the variable
  • Defining the rest of the problem in function form
  • Solving functions
  • Examples of problems to follow