Solve
Pronunciation: /sÉ’lv/ Explain
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 = 7 | Problem to solve |
2x = 4 | Subtract 3 from both sides |
x = 2 | Divide both sides by 2 |
Example 2: Solve for y
4x = 2y + 6 | Problem to solve. |
4x - 6 = 2y | Subtract 6 from both sides. |
2x - 3 = y | Divide both sides by 2. |
Cite this article as:
McAdams, David E. Solve. 5/5/2011. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/s/solve.html.
Revision History
9/15/2008: Added 'More Information', expanded first paragraph to include solving an equation. (
McAdams, David E.)
8/8/2007: Initial version. (
McAdams, David E.)