Algebra I Recipe: Translating Verbal Phrases into Algebraic Expressions OR Translating English into Math
A. Words that indicate multiplication:
1. product
2. times
3. multiplied by
4. of
5. twice
Examples:
 The product of 9 and a number
 10 times a number
 A number multiplied by 3
 One fourth of a number
 Twice a number
B. Words that indicate division:
1. quotient
2. divided by
Examples:
 The quotient of a number and 6
 7 divided by a number
1. sum
2. more than
3. plus
4. increased by
Examples:
 The sum of 6 and a number
 8 more than a number
 A number plus 5
 A number increased by 7
D. Words that indicate subtraction:
1. difference
2. less than
3. minus
4. decreased by
Examples:
 The difference between 5 and a number
 4 less than a number
 7 minus a number
 A number decreased by 9
E. Translating sentences into an equation or inequality.
Examples:
 The sum of a number and 12 is 16.
 The quotient of 15 and a number x is less than 3.
 The product of 5 and a number x is 25.
 10 times a number x is greater than or equal to 50.

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