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 = 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.

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.)

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