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Free worksheets for evaluating expressions with variables

With this worksheet generator, you can make printable worksheets for evaluating simple variable expressions, when the value of the variable(s) is given. There are three levels, the first level only including one operation. For example, the student might find the value of the expression 2(t − 5), when t has the value -6.

These worksheets suit best grades 6, 7, and 8, including pre-algebra and algebra 1 courses.

To customize the worksheets, you can control the number of problems, difficulty level, range of numbers used (you can include negative numbers and decimals), workspace below the problems, border around the problems, and additional instructions.

Basic instructions for the worksheets

Each worksheet is randomly generated and thus unique. The answer key is automatically generated and is placed on the second page of the file.

You can use the generator to make worksheets either in html or PDF format — both are easy to print. The html worksheet has the advantage that you can save it directly from your browser (choose File → Save) and then later edit it in Word or other word processing program.

Here are some quick links for ready worksheets. Refresh the worksheet page to get another of the same kind, until you are happy with the problems & layout.

Ready-made worksheets

Expressions with Variables Worksheet Generator

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(These determine the number of problems)

Level 1: one (usually) or two operations, one (usually) or two variables
      e.g. Find the value of 7 + t, when t = 7.
      Keep everything nonnegative

Level 2: two operations, one or two variables
      e.g. Find the value of (y − 4) / (-4), when y is 10.

Level 3: three operations, one or two variables
      e.g. Find the value of y(9 − 5x) when y = 5 and x = 2
By including negative numbers in the ranges or including decimal digits, you can make the problems more difficult.

Range for the value of variable 1:
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Range for the value of variable 2:
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Range for constant 1:
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Range for constants 2 and 3:
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Number of decimal digits used in the variable(s) and constant(s)
Number of empty lines below the problems (workspace)

Page orientation:
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(PDF worksheet only; the orientation of an html worksheet can be set in the print preview of the browser)

Font:   Font Size: 

Cell Padding:

Border:   Bordercolor:

Additional title & instructions  (HTML allowed)


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