The problem suggest denoting the pre-tax income by y. Write the following:
(1) pre-tax income
(2) tax (in terms of y)
(3) after-tax income (in terms of y)
Then equate the result of (3) with 280.
I really find it hard to figure out how to structure my equation when faced with a word problem. I stumble a lot.
An example im working on If Y is your before-tax income, suppose that the government takes away 1/4y-10 as taxes. What was your pre-tax income if your after-tax income is $280.
So my brain tries junk like this.
x * 1/4Y - 10 = 280
Which I know isnt right. So any tips on how to structure word problems so I can more easily put them in equation format?