Haylee W. answered • 05/23/19

I'm Haylee and I would love to work with your student!

First, we would want to give variable labels to each animal in the problem. To make it easy, let's pick "a" for alpacass, "g" for goats, and "c" for chickens. With this, we can form an equation. I like to look at the problem, read it aloud and plug in my variables.

First, the problem mentions the *product* of the goats and chickens, so we would first write:

** (g*c)** to represent what would happen if we

*multiplied*those variables together. Remember, a

*product*is the answer to a multiplication equation.

Next, we see the word "*is." *Whenever you see that word in a problem, it is basically the same thing as saying something is equal to. This tells us to add an equal sign to our answer. Now we have **( g*c) =**

Lastly, the question follows the word *"is*" with "40 percent of the number of alpacas." So how can we write that. When we turn 40% into a decimal, we get 0.4. Therefore, our final answer is *(g*c) = .4a*