Writing Equations in Words | KS3 Maths Resources

What you need to know

Things to remember:

  • You should write your equation as you read it.
  • There are different names for the same symbol, so you need to learn them.

Equations won’t always be written in maths, but might be give in words, so you need to learn the different names for the symbols.

\times OR multiplied OR multiply OR times

\div OR divided OR over OR divided

+ OR add OR plus OR sum

– OR take away OR minus OR subtract

= OR is OR the same as OR equals

() OR everything

 

Use symbols and numbers to write x times three plus five is equal to seventeen.

To write it, we just write is as we read it.

Write x

x

Write x times three

x\times3

Hint: When we multiply a letter by a number, we just put the number before it.

Write x times three

3x

Write x times three plus five

3x +5

Write x times three plus five is equal to seventeen

3x +5 = 17

And where we have it, 3x +5 = 17 .

Use symbols and numbers to write two x minus four all divided by six is equal eight.

Write two x

2x

Write two x minus 4

2x -4

Write two x minus 4 all

(2x -4)

Write two x minus 4 all divided by 6

(2x -4)\div6

Write two x minus 4 all divided by 6 is equal to 8

(2x -4)\div6 =8

And where we have it, (2x -4)\div6=8 .

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Example Questions

Write x

 

x

 

Write x divided by three

 

x \div3

 

Write x divided by three minus twelve

 

x \div3 -12

 

Write x divided by three minus twelve is equal to one

 

x \div3 -12 = 1

 

And where we have it, x \div3 -12 = 1 .

Write sixx

 

6x

 

Write x times eleven

 

6x \times 11

 

Write x times eleven plus thirteen

 

  6x \times 11+13

 

Write x times eleven plus thirteen is equal to twenty-five

 

  6x \times 11+13=25

 

And where we have it, 6x \times 11+13=25 .

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