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Why Use Variables?

Date: 06/01/99 at 13:56:05
From: Phoebe Moostae
Subject: Variables

What is the point of using varibles when you could use numbers?

Date: 06/02/99 at 12:53:40
From: Doctor Kimberly
Subject: Re: Variables

Hello Phoebe,

Variables are used as placeholders for numbers that are the answers to 
questions or solutions to problems. For example:

   X + 6 = 14

What is the number that you can add to 6 to get a sum of 14? In order 
to find that number, you have to solve for X. Using variables helps us 
to find the numbers that fit a given equation, or answer a certain 
question, but they do not take the place of numbers. 

Please write in again if you have more questions.

- Doctor Kimberly, The Math Forum   
Associated Topics:
Middle School Algebra

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