Solving Subtraction Word Problems with Two or More Variables


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A problem has five unknown values. How many equations do you need to write?

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1. Sarah has just received a box of chocolates from a dear friend. Her friend tells her that inside the box there are two kinds of chocolate: milk and dark. There are more milk chocolates than dark chocolates. Subtracting the number of dark chocolates from the number of milk chocolates gives 5 as an answer. The number of milk chocolates is twice that of dark chocolates. How many dark chocolates are there?

2. James has a bag of marbles. Inside there are both red and blue marbles. The number of red marbles equals the number of blue marbles minus four. There are twice as many blue marbles as red marbles. How many red marbles are there?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and quiz give you the opportunity to see what you know about subtraction word problems with 2 or more variables. You'll need to find the solution to word problems in order to complete the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See if you can answer questions that require you to:

  • Translate word problems into equations
  • Use subtraction and other mathematical concepts
  • Understand the connection between unknown values and equations

Skills Practiced

You'll be practicing the following skills as you take this quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on solving subtraction word problems
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve subtraction word problems
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how to identify important information in word problems

Additional Learning

Further information about this subject can be found in the lesson entitled Solving Subtraction Word Problems with Two or More Variables. Study this lesson and find out more about:

  • The importance of knowing how to solve subtraction word problems
  • Examples of subtraction word problems
  • Steps for writing out equations for subtraction word problems with more than one variable