Template for Solving Word Problems



What is John's power output if he does 55,960 J of work in 30 seconds?

Power = ?


T = 30 s


W = 55,960 J





Power = W

Power = 55,960 J
                 30 s

Power = 1865.33 watts



4-5 Step Process:



  1. List the Problem Data – one box for each variable in the equation.

  2. Write the formula you will be using for this word problem.

  3. Rearrange the formula if necessary, so that the missing variable is on the left.

  4. Plug in values for the formula (include all units shown in the word problem).

  5. Solve (be sure to include the appropriate final unit).