Pronunciation: /sɒlv/ ?

To solve a problem is to find the answer to the problem. To solve an equation is to find the values of the variable(s).

Example 1: Solve for x
2x + 3 = 7Problem to solve
2x = 4Subtract 3 from both sides
x = 2Divide both sides by 2

Example 2: Solve for y
4x = 2y + 6Problem to solve.
4x - 6 = 2ySubtract 6 from both sides.
2x - 3 = yDivide both sides by 2.


  1. solve. WordNet. Princeton University. (Accessed: 2011-01-08).

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Solve. 2008-09-15. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC.


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2008-09-15: Added 'More Information', expanded first paragraph to include solving an equation (McAdams, David.)
2007-08-08: Initial version (McAdams, David.)

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