# What is a word problem in math? Definition and examples

What is a word problem? In math, a word problem uses mostly words to describe a math problem that requires a solution.

For example, " A number minus six is fifteen. What is the number? " is a word problem. It uses words to describe the following math problem:

Solve for x if x - 6 = 15

Many word problems arise when we try to solve real-world situations.

## More examples of word problems

1. Anita bought six pieces of candy. Then, she eats 4 of them. How many pieces of candy does she have left?

**This word problem can be solved with arithmetic.**

**2.** The sum of two numbers is 11 and the product is 30. What are the two numbers?

**This word problem can be solved with arithmetic or algebra.**

**3.** Air is being pumped into a spherical balloon at a rate of 5 cubic inches per minute. Find the rate of change of the radius when the radius is 3 inches.

**This word problem can be solved with Calculus.**

Check 100 hard word problems in algebra to see a wide variety of word problems in math.

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