# Algebra Questions and Problems with Detailed Solutions for Grade 6

Detailed solutions to Algebra Questions and Problems for Grade 6 are presented along with explanations.

1. List all like terms included in each of the expressions given below.
A) 6 x + 5 + 12 x - 6
B) 2 x 2 - 4 + 9 x 2 + 9
C) x / 5 + x / 7 + 7
D) 0.2 x + 1.2 x + x / 2 + 5
E) 5 x - 8 + 7 x - 2 x 2 - 4 + 9 x 2 + 4 x 3
F) 5 a + 8 - 7 b
G) 5 a b + 8 + 6 b a - a + 3 b
Solution
Like terms have the same variable with equal exponents. Also all numbers are like terms.
A) 6 x and 12 x have same variable x with exponents equal to 1 and are therefore like terms
5 and - 6 are numbers and therefore like terms
B) 2 x 2 and 9 x 2 have same variable x with exponents equal to 2 , they are like terms.
- 4 and + 9 are numbers and therefore like terms.
C) x / 5 and x / 7 have the same variable with exponents equal to 1, they are like terms
D) 0.2 x , 1.2 x and x / 2 have the same variable x with exponents equal to 1; they are like terms
E) 5 x and 7 x are like terms
- 8 and - 4 are like terms
- 2 x 2 and + 9 x 2 are like terms
F) There are no like terms in this expression.
G) 5 a b and 6 b a are like terms
2. Evaluate each of the expressions for the given value(s) of the variable(s).
A) 6 x + 5 for x = 2
B) 12 x 2 + 5 x - 2 for x = 1
C) 2( x + 7) + x for x = 0
D) 2 a + 3b - 7 for a = 2 and b = 4
Solution
Substitute x by the given numerical value and simplify.
A) 6 (2) + 5 = 12 + 5 = 17
B) 12 (1) 2 + 5 (1) - 2 = 12(1) + 5 - 2 = 12 + 5 - 2 = 15
C) 2( 0 + 7) + 0 = 2 (7) = 14
D) 2 (2) + 3 (4) - 7 = 4 + 12 - 7 = 9
3. Expand (if needed) and simplify each of the expressions below.
A) 3 x + 5 x
B) 2( x + 7) + x
C) 2(x + 3) + 3(x + 5) + 3
D) 2 (a + 1) + 5b + 3(a + b) + 3
Solution
Notes
1) We may add or subtract like terms as follows:
2 x + 6 x = (2 + 6) x by factoring first
= 8 x simplifying the terms in brackets.
2) We use distributive property to expand an expression as follows: a(b + c) = a b + a c

A) 3 x + 5 x
= (3 + 5) x , factor x out
= 8 x , simplify

B) 2( x + 7) + x
= 2(x) + 2(7) + x = 2x + 14 + x , expand and simplify
= (2x + x) + 14 , group like terms
= (2 + 1) x + 14 = 3 x + 14 , simplify

C) 2(x + 3) + 3(x + 5) + 3
= 2(x) + 2(3) + 3(x) + 3(5) + 3 = 2x + 6 + 3x + 15 + 3 , expand and simplify
= (2x + 3x) + (6 + 15 + 3) , group like terms
= (2 + 3) x + 24 = 5 x + 24 , simplify

D) 2 (a + 1) + 5 b + 3(a + b) + 3
= 2(a) + 2(1) + 5 b + 3(a) + 3(b) + 3 = 2 a + 2 + 5 b + 3 a + 3 b + 3 , expand and simplify
= (2 a + 3 a) + (5 b + 3 b) + (2 + 3) , group like terms
= (2 + 3) a + (5 + 3) b + 5 = 5 a + 8 b + 5 , simplify
4. Factor each of the expressions below.
A) 3 x + 3
B) 8 x + 4
C) a x + 3 a
D) (x +1) y + 4 (x + 1)
E) x + 2 + b x + 2 b
Solution
Notes
1) To factor an expression is to write it as a product.
2) The distributive property may be used to expand an algebraic expression : a ( x + y) = a x + a y
3) The same distributive property may be used as : a x + a y = a ( x + y) to factor an expression where a is called the common factor

A) 3 x + 3
= 3 (x) + 3 (1) , 3 is a common factor
= 3(x + 1) , factored form

B) 8 x + 4
= 4 (2) (x) + 4 , write 8 as 4 (2)
= 4 (2 x ) + 4 (1) , 4 is a common factor
= 4 (2x + 1) , factored form

C) a x + 3 a , a is a common factor
= a(x + 3) , factored form

D) (x +1) y + 4 (x + 1)
= (x + 1) (y) + (x + 1) (4) , x + 1 is a common factor
= (x + 1)(y + 4) , factored form

E) x + 2 + b x + 2 b
= (x + 2) + b(x + 2) , factor b out in b x + 2 b
= (x + 2)(1) + (x + 2) b , x + 2 is now a common factor
= (x + 2)(1 + b) , factored form

Notes
In order to check factoring, expand the factored form, simplify and make sure it is equivalent to the given expression.

A) x + 5 = 8
B) 2 x = 4
C) x / 3 = 2
D) 0.2 x = 1
E) 3 x + 6 = 12
F) 3 (x + 2) + 2 = 8
Solution
A) x + 5 = 8
x + 5 - 5 = 8 - 5 , subtract 5 from both sides of the equation
x = 3 , simplify and solve for x
Substitute x by 3 (solution found above) in both sides of the given equation to check the answer
Right side: (3) + 5 = 8
Left side = 8
x = 3 is the solution to the given equation.

B) 2 x = 4
2 x / 2 = 4 / 2 , divide both sides by 2
x = 2 , simplify and solve for x
Substitute x by 2 (solution found above) in both sides of the given equation to check the answer
Right side: 2(2) = 4
Left side = 4
x = 2 is the solution to the given equation.

C) x / 3 = 2
3 (x / 3) = 3 (2) , multiply both sides by 3
x = 6 , simplify and solve for x
Substitute x by 6 (solution found above) in both sides of the given equation to check the answer
Right side: 6 / 3 = 2
Left side = 2
x = 6 is the solution to the given equation.

D) 0.2 x = 1
0.2 x / 0.2 = 1 / 0.2 , divide both sides by 0.2
x = 5 , simplify and solve for x
Substitute x by 5 (solution found above) in both sides of the given equation to check the answer
Right side: 0.2(5) = 1
Left side = 1
x = 5 is the solution to the given equation.

E) 3 x + 6 = 12
3 x + 6 - 6 = 12 - 6 , subtract 6 from both sides of the equation
3 x = 6 , simplify
3 x / 3 = 6 / 3 , divide both sides of the equation by 300
x = 2 , simplify and solve for x
Substitute x by 2 (solution found above) in both sides of the given equation to check the answer
Right side: 3(2) + 6 = 6 + 6 = 12
Left side = 12
x = 2 is the solution to the given equation.

F) 3 (x + 2) + 2 = 8
3 (x ) + 3 (2) + 2 = 8 , expand 3 (x + 2)
3 x + 6 + 2 = 8 , simplify
3x + 8 = 8 , group like terms
3 x + 8 - 8 = 8 - 8 , subtract 8 from both sides
3x = 0 , simplify
3x / 3 = 0 / 3 , divide both sides by 300
x = 0 , simplify to solve
Substitute x by 0 (solution found above) in both sides of the given equation to check the answer
Right side: 3 (0 + 2) + 2 = 3(2) + 2 = 6 + 2 = 8
Left side = 8
x = 0 is the solution to the given equation.
6. There are n boxes in a large bag and m toys in each box. What is the total number of toys in the bag?
Solution
We use examples with 1, 2 , 3 ... boxes and then generalize for n boxes.
1 box contains     m = 1 � m = m toys
2 boxes contain     m + m = 2 � m = 2 m toys
3 boxes contain     m + m + m = 3 � m = 3 m toys
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n boxes contain     m + m + m + .... + m = n � m = n m toys
7. Rewrite the expressions a � a � a - b � b using exponential.
Solution
In exponential form, the expressions a � a � and b � b are written as
a � a � a = a 3 and b � b = b 2
and the given expression a � a � - b � b is written as
a � a � - b � b = a 3 - b 2
8. The length of a rectangle is given by x + 2 and its width is equal to 3. Give a simplified expression of the area of this rectangle.
Solution
The A area of a rectangle is given by the product width � length.
A = width � length = 3 � (x + 2) = 3 (x) + 3(2) , use distributive property
= 3 x + 6 , simplify
9. Two thirds of students in a class study math and the remaining eight students do not study math. What is the total number of students in this class?
Solution
Let x be the total number of students in the class. If 2 / 3 study math, then
1 - 2 / 3 = 1 / 3 of the total number of students do not study math
1 / 3 of the total number of students = (1 / 3) of x = x (1 / 3) = x / 3
The number of students who do not study math is known and equal to 8. Hence
x / 3 = 8
Multiply both sides of the above equation by 3
3 (x / 3) = 3 (8) Simplify and solve for x
x = 24 students are in this class
10. A car travels 60 kilometers in one hour. At the same rate, what distance will be covered by this car in y hour?
Solution
We find the distance covered in 1, 2, 3 ... hours and then generalize for y hours to find distance d.
for 1 hour     d = 60 km = 1 � 60 km
for 2 hours     d = 60 km + 60 km = 2 � 60 km
for 3 hours     d = 60 km + 60 km + 60 km= 3 � 60 km
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for y hours     d = 60 km + 60 km +. . .+ 60 km = y � 60 km = 60 y km
11. Evaluate the expressions.
A) 2 3 + 3 2
B) 0.1 3
C) 6 � (2 / 3)
Solution
A) 2 3 + 3 2 = 2 � 2 � 2 + 3 � 3 = 8 + 9 = 17
B) 0.1 3 = 0.1 � 0.1 � 0.1 = 0.001
C) 6 � (2 / 3) = 6 � 2 / 3 = 12 / 3 = 4
12. A bag contains three red marbles; five blue marbles and seven green marbles. What is the ratio of blue marbles to the total number of marbles?
Solution
The total number of marbles is
3 + 5 + 7 = 15
Ratio of blue marbles to the total number of marbles is
5 / 15
Divide numerator and denominator by the common factor 5 to reduce the above fraction
(5 � 5) / (15 � 5) = 1 / 3
The ratio of blue marbles to the total number of marbles is
1:3
13. Solve the proportion : a / 3 = 5 / 18
Solution
Use the cross product on the given equation
a � 18 = 3 � 5
Divide both sides by 18
a � 18 / 18 = 3 � 5 / 18
Simplify and solve
a = 5 / 6
14. Which of the following ordered pairs is a solution to the equation 2 x + 3 y = 8?
A) (0 , 0)
B) (4 , 0)
C) (1 , 2)
Solution
A)Substitute x by 0 and y by 0 in the given equation
2 (0) + 3 (0) = 8
Simplify the left side of the equation
0 = 8 , false statement and therefore (0,0) is not a solution to the given equation

B)Substitute x by 4 and y by 0 in the given equation
2 (4) + 3 (0) = 8
Simplify the left side of the equation
8 = 8 , true statement and therefore (4 , 0) is a solution to the given equation

C)Substitute x by 1 and y by 2 in the given equation
2 (1) + 3 (2) = 8
Simplify the left side of the equation
8 = 8 , true statement and therefore (1 , 2) is a solution to the given equation
15. List all factors of the following numbers.
A) 4
B) 12
C) 50
Solution
A) Factors of 4 are: 1 , 2 , 4
B) Factors of 12 are: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 6 , 12
C) Factors of 50 are: 1 , 2 , 5 , 10 , 25 , 50
16. Find the greatest common factor to each pair of the given numbers.
A) 6 and 3
B) 18 and 24
C) 50 and 60
Solution
Make a list of all factors for each number in the given pair and select the common factor to the two numbers that is the largest
A) Factors of 6 are: 1 , 2 , 3 , 6             Factors of 3 are: 1 , 3
the greatest common factor of 6 and 3 is 3
B) Factors of 18 are: 1 , 2 , 3 , 6 , 9 , 18             Factors of 24 are: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 6 , 8 , 12 , 24
the greatest common factor of 18 and 24 is 6
C) Factors of 50 are: 1 , 2 , 5 , 10 , 25 , 50             Factors of 60 are: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 10 , 12 , 15 , 20 , 30 , 60
the greatest common factor of 50 and 60 is 10
17. Write the number " Six hundred seventy-two million two hundred fifty-nine" using digits.
Solution
672,000,259
18. Which of the following expressions are equivalent?
A) 2(x + 3) - 2
B) 2x + 4
C) 3(x + 3) - x - 5
Solution
Expand and simplify the given expressions if necessary
A) 2(x + 3) - 2 = 2(x) + 2(3) - 2 = 2 x + 6 - 2 = 2 x + 4
B) 2x + 4
C) 3(x + 3) - x - 5 = 3(x) + 3(3) - x - 5 = 3x + 9 - x - 5 = (3x - x) + (9 - 5) = 2 x + 4 All three expressions are equivalent
19. Find the lowest common multiple to each pair of the given numbers.
A) 2 and 3
B) 7 and 14
C) 25 and 15
Solution
Make a list of the first few multiples for each number in the given pair and select the common multiple to the two numbers that is the lowest. Multiples of a number are obtained by multiplying the number by 1 ,2 , 3 ...
A) First few multiples of 2 are: 2 , 4 , 6 , 8 ...            First few multiples of 3 are: 3 , 6 , 9 , ...
lowest common multiple of 2 and 3 is 6
B) First few multiples of 7 are: 7 , 14 , 21 ...            First few multiples of 14 are: 14 , 28 , 42 ...
lowest common multiple of 7 and 14 is 14
C) First few multiples of 25 are: 25 , 50 , 75 ...             First few multiples of 15 are: 15 , 30 , 45 , 60 , 75 ...
lowest common multiple of 25 and 15 is 75
20. Add and / or subtract and simplify
A) 1 / 3 + 2 / 3
B) 2/5 - 1 / 7
Solution

A) The two fractions 1 / 3 and 2 / 3 have same (common) denominators 3 and can therefore be added by adding the numerators and keep the common denominator.
1 / 3 + 2 / 3 = (1 + 2) / 3 = 3 / 3 = 1
B) The two fractions 2 / 5 and 1 / 7 do not have same (common) denominators and we therefore need to first find a common denominator by finding the lowest common multiple of the denominators 5 and 7.
First few multiples of 5 are: 5 , 10 , 15 , 20 , 25 , 30 , 35 ...            First few multiples of 7 are: 7 , 14 , 21, 18 , 35 , ...
lowest common multiple of 5 and 7 is 35
We now convert the fractions 2 / 5 and 1 / 7 to equivalent fractions with common denominator equal to 35.
To covert 2 / 5 to an equivalent fraction with a denominator equal to 35, we need to multiply its numerator and denominator by 7. Hence
2 / 5 = (7 � 2) / (7 � 5) = 14 / 35
To covert 1 / 7 to an equivalent fraction with a denominator equal to 35, we need to multiply numerator and denominator by 5. Hence
1 / 7= (5 � 1) / (5 � 7) = 5 / 35
We now substitute the fractions in the expressions to simplify by their equivalent fractions with common denominator.
2/5 - 1 / 7 = 14 / 35 - 5 / 35 = (14 - 5) / 35 = 9 / 35
21. What is 2 / 3 of 21?
Solution
2 / 3 of 21 is mathematically written as
(2 / 3) � 21
Simplify the above
= (2 / 3) � (21 / 1) = (2 � 21) / (3 � 1) = 42 / 3 = 14
22. What is 40% of 1 / 4?
Solution
40% of 1 / 4 is mathematically written as
40% � (1 / 4)
Write percentage as a fraction and simplify
= (40 / 100) � 1 / 4 = (40 � 1)/ (100 � 4) = 40 / 400 = 1 / 10
23. What is 20% of 50%?
Solution
20% of 50% is mathematically written as
20% � 50%
Write percentages as fractions and simplify
= (20 / 100) � (50 / 100) = (20 � 50) / (100 � 100) = 1000 / 10000 = 1 / 10
24. How many seconds are there in one hour?
Solution
There are 60 minutes in one hour
1 hour = 60 minutes
There 60 seconds in 1 minute; hence
1 hour = 60 minutes = 60 � 60 seconds = 3600 seconds
25. How many minutes are there in the month of January?
Solution
There are 31 days in the month of January
January = 31 days
There 24 hours in one day; hence
January = 31 days = 31 � 24 hours
In one hour there are 60 minutes; hence
January = 31 � 24 � 60 minutes = 44640 minutes
26. What is the location of each of the points: (-2 , 0) , (0 , 3) and (-2 , - 3) in a coordinate plane?
Solution
(-2 , 0) is on the x axis 2 units to the left of the origin (0 , 0)
(0 , 3) is on the y axis 3 units above the origin (0 , 0)
(-2 , - 3) is in quadrant 3
27. Order   7 / 5 , 12 / 10 , 21 / 20 and 111%   from the smallest to the largest.
Solution
We need to convert all the given fractions to equivalent fractions the same denominator 100
7 / 5 = (20 � 7) / (20 � 5) = 140 / 100
12 / 10 = (10 � 12) / (10 � 10) = 120 / 100
21 / 20 = (5 � 21) / (5 � 20) = 110 / 100
111% = 111 / 100
We now have all fractions with common denominator and we can compare them by comparing the numerators.
smallest to largest: 110 / 100 ; 111 / 100 ; 120 / 100 , 140 / 100
which are the equivalent of the original fractions
21 / 20 ; 111% ; 12 / 10 ; 7 / 5     order from smallest to largest.

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