# Solving Ratios Word Problems

Each word problem may require a different format, but a visual representation of the necessary information makes it easier to work with.

In the example, the question asks how many socks the sisters own together, so you can disregard the information about Mark. This eliminates much of the information and leaves you with only the total number of socks that the sisters started with and how many the little sister lost. For example, the words and phrases "sum," "more than," "increased" and "in addition to" all mean to add, so write in the " " symbol over these words.

In the following example, the question asks you to determine the total number of socks between the two sisters.

The unit of measurement for this problem is pairs of socks.

Divide these numbers by 6 in order to come back to one gallon of orange paint.