Two equations and two unknown variables in a word problem. Don't cry! Follow the instructor through these nine steps to find the solutions. Identify the variables, write the equations, solve for one of the variables, use the substitution rule, distribute, simplify, solve, plug in the solution to solve for the other unknown variable, and finally check that your solutions are correct. Don't let your young scholars shy away from word problems and help them learn how to tackle what they think are really difficult problems.