D
iscover the variable and the operations.

Circle the operation
sign.
 Scan the equation and look for operation signs
(+, , x, ÷).


R
ead the equation and
combine like terms.

Read
the whole equation out loud.

 For example, numbers that have
the same letter next to them:
(6a + 2a + 5 + 2 = 15). Both "6a" amd
"2a"
are like terms. Also, numbers without letters next to
them are like terms ("5" and "2").
 Combine "like terms".
 For example, "6a" and
"2a" can be combined (6a + 2a = "8a").
Also, "5" and "2" can be combined
(5 + 2 = "7").
 6a + 2a + 5 + 2 = 15 now becomes
8a + 7 = 15.


A nswer
the equation, or draw and check.

See example
of how to draw the solution.


Write
the answer for the variable.


