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Worksheets for linear equations

Find here an unlimited supply of printable worksheets for solving linear equations, available as both PDF and html files. You can customize the worksheets to include one-step, two-step, or multi-step equations, variable on both sides, parenthesis, and more. The worksheets suit pre-algebra and algebra 1 courses (grades 6-9).

You can choose from SEVEN basic types of equations, ranging from simple to complex, explained below (such as one-step equations, variable on both sides, or having to use the distributive property). Customize the worksheets using the generator below.

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 generate the worksheets either in html or PDF format — both are easy to print. To get the PDF worksheet, simply push the button titled "Create PDF" or "Make PDF worksheet". To get the worksheet in html format, push the button "View in browser" or "Make html worksheet". This has the advantage that you can save the worksheet directly from your browser (choose File → Save) and then edit it in Word or other word processing program.

Sometimes the generated worksheet is not exactly what you want. Just try again! To get a different worksheet using the same options:

  • PDF format: come back to this page and push the button again.
  • Html format: simply refresh the worksheet page in your browser window.

Ready-made worksheets

The simplest one-step equations, no negative numbers (grade 6).

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One-step equations, no negative numbers, may need to simplify on one side first (grade 6).

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One-step equations, the root may be negative (grade 7).

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One-step equations, involving negative integers (grade 7).

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Two-step equations (grades 7-8)

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Two-step equations with negative integers (grades 7-8)

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Equations including parentheses; use the distributive property (grades 7-8)

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Variable on both sides and includes parentheses (grades 7-8)

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Variable on both sides and includes parentheses & decimal numbers (grades 8-9)

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Challenge: Equations with rational expressions (grades 8-9)

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See also

Worksheets for simplifying expressions

Worksheets for evaluating expressions with variables

Worksheets for writing expressions with variables from verbal expressions

Worksheets for linear inequalities

Linear Equations Worksheet Generator

Columns:   Rows:
(These determine the number of problems)

Range for the coefficients:
Min: Max:

Range for the constants:
Min: Max:

Number of decimal digits used in the variable(s) and constant(s)

Number of empty lines below the problem (workspace)
Choose the types of equations generated for the worksheet. Choose AT LEAST one type.

Type 1: one-step equations (the simplest possible, such as x + 6 = 19 or 6x = 17 or x/7 = 18)
      nonnegative solutions only

Type 2: other one-step equations (such as 4 = 8 − x)
      nonnegative solutions only

Type 3: one-step equations where you first need to simplify an expression on one side (such as 4x = 19 − 7 or 10x − 2x = 16)
      nonnegative solutions only

Type 4: two-step equations (such as 4x − 5 = 19 or (2x) / 6 = 5)

Type 5: includes parenthesis (such as 4(x + 5) = 50)

Type 6: variable on both sides (such as 4x + 5 = 9 + 7x)

Type 7: general, multi-step (such as (3x)/2 = (4x − 5)/7)
Page orientation:
Portrait   Landscape
(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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