Can someone please explain to me how to figure out worded problems in algebra such as the one below? Thank you in advance.

In two years time, Karishma's age will be three times Emily's age, Emily is nowtyears old. How old is Karishma now?

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- Sep 19th 2009, 08:10 PMJadeKiaraAge - Worded problem
*Can someone please explain to me how to figure out worded problems in algebra such as the one below? Thank you in advance.*

In two years time, Karishma's age will be three times Emily's age, Emily is now*t*years old. How old is Karishma now? - Sep 19th 2009, 08:25 PMtedii

There are usually "math" code words in worded problems in algebra.

plus, more= addition

minus, less= subtraction

times, the product, multiplied= multiplication

divided, (specific divisions like 1/2 halved, quartered 1/4 etc.)= division

is, will be, are = equals

In two years (+2) Karisma(k) will be three times Emily's age (t):

$\displaystyle (k+2)=3(t+2) $

Both get plus two because it is in two years. Also, the three goes toward Emily's age because Karisma will be 3 times older than Emily's. - Sep 19th 2009, 10:36 PMJadeKiara
Thus the above problem would be 3t + 6. So, using your "maths code word" method, have I completed the following problem correctly?

*Two years ago, Isabella's age was three times her brother's age. Her brother is now x**years old. How old is Isabella now?*

Two years ago (-2), Isabella's age was three times (3) her brother's age. Her brother is now x years old. How old is Isabella now?

Isabella's age 2 years ago = 3x - 2

Isabella's age now = 3x

This isn't right.... Help me! - Sep 20th 2009, 01:35 AMmr fantastic