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# How to approach and solve word problems ? Give an example.

**Approach to word problems :**

**Steps involved in solving a linear equation word problem:**

- Write what is given and what is required.
- Denote the unknowns by the variables as x, y, etc.
- Change the problem into a problem of mathematical statements.
- Form the linear equation in one variable using the conditions given in the problems.
- Solve the equation for the unknown.

** Example,**

Form a linear equation from the given statement: ‘When 5 is added to twice a number, it gives 11.’

When 5 is added to twice a number, it gives 11.

We have to form a linear equation.

Let the number be x.

This implies,

$2(x)+5 = 11$

Therefore,

$2x + 5 = 11$ is the required linear equation.

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