Here are some keys to translating words into mathematical expressions.

RECOGNIZE WHICH OPERATIONS TO USE.Below is a list of commonly seen words and the correlating operation.

ADDITION | more than, increase, plus, sum |

SUBTRACTION | less than, decrease, minus, difference |

MULTIPLICATION | times, product |

DIVISION | quotient |

ENSURE CORRECT ORDER OF OPERATIONS.The order of operations is listed below.

- parentheses
- exponents
- multiplication and division [left to right]
- addition and subtraction [left to right]

REPRESENT VALUES.
When a value is unknown, it is typically represented by a

variable or symbol.

Translate the descriptions of operations.

Use a variable to represent "some number."

Translate the descriptions of operations.

Use a variable to represent "some number."