Solve
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 = 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. |
References
- solve. http://wordnet.princeton.edu/. WordNet. Princeton University. (Accessed: 2011-01-08). http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=solve&sub=Search+WordNet&o2=&o0=1&o7=&o5=&o1=1&o6=&o4=&o3=&h=.
Cite this article as:
Solve. 2008-09-15. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/s/solve.html.
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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.)