**Solving an Applied Problem**

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**Step 1:-** Read the problem, several times if necessary, until you understand what is given and what is to be found.

**Step 2:-** Assign a variable to represent the unknown value, using diagrams or tables as needed. Write down what the variable represents. Express any other unknown values in terms of the variable.

**Step 3:-** Write an equation using the variable expression(s).

**Step 4:-** Solve the equation.

**Step 5:-**State the answer to the problem. Does it seem reasonable?

**Step 6:-** Check the answer in the words of the original problem.