Lesson Worksheet: Applications of Linear Functions Mathematics

In this worksheet, we will practice interpreting linear functions in real-world situations.


Natalie and Amelia went jogging. Amelia jogged 30 minutes longer than Natalie. If Amelia jogged for 40 minutes, write an equation to determine how long Natalie jogged, and then solve it.

  • A30+π‘₯=40, 10 min
  • B40+π‘₯=30, 10 min
  • C30+π‘₯=40, 8 min
  • D30+π‘₯=40, 70 min
  • E40+π‘₯=30, 70 min


In the equations below, 𝑀 represents the width of a rectangle and 𝑙 represents the length.

Which equation represents the statement β€œThe width of a rectangle is 12 less than twice its length”?

  • A𝑀=2(π‘™βˆ’12)
  • B𝑀=2π‘™βˆ’12
  • C𝑀=12βˆ’π‘™2
  • D𝑀=12βˆ’2𝑙
  • E𝑀=𝑙2βˆ’12


Noah and Michael together have $572. If Noah has $285, write an addition equation to determine how much money Michael has, and then solve it.

  • A285+π‘₯=572, $287
  • B285+π‘₯=572, $857
  • C572+π‘₯=285, $857
  • D572+π‘₯=285, $287
  • E285+π‘₯=572, $247


The given graphs represent Matthew’s bike rides last week, where 𝑑 represents the distance from his home and 𝑑 the duration in hours. Select a suitable graph for each of the following scenarios. Note that some graphs may apply to more than one scenario.

  1. Starts 5 km from home and rides at 5 km per hour away from home for 2 hours.
  2. Starts 5 km from home and rides at 10 km per hour away from home for 1 hour.
  3. Starts 10 km from home and arrives home 1 hour later.
  4. Starts 10 km from home and is halfway home after 1 hour.
  5. Starts 5 km from home and is 10 km from home after 1 hour.
  • A(1)-(ii), (2)-(i), (3)-(v), (4)-(iv), (5)-(ii)
  • B(1)-(ii), (2)-(v), (3)-(i), (4)-(iv), (5)-(ii)
  • C(1)-(ii), (2)-(i), (3)-(iv), (4)-(v), (5)-(ii)
  • D(1)-(iv), (2)-(i), (3)-(v), (4)-(ii), (5)-(ii)
  • E(1)-(ii), (2)-(i), (3)-(v), (4)-(iv), (5)-(i)


An electrician charges a call-out fee and an hourly labor charge.

The graph represents what the electrician charges in dollars for jobs of different durations.

What is the electrician’s call-out fee?

What is the hourly labor charge?

Let 𝑦 be the cost in dollars for a job that takes π‘₯ hours. Write an equation for 𝑦 in terms of π‘₯.

  • A𝑦=40π‘₯βˆ’60
  • B𝑦=60π‘₯βˆ’40
  • C𝑦=60π‘₯+100
  • D𝑦=40π‘₯+60
  • E𝑦=60π‘₯+40


If the top speed of a car is 231 miles per hour, write an equation using two variables that shows the relationship between the number of milesπ‘š the car can travel in β„Ž hours, and then find the distance, in miles, the car would travel in 2 hours.

  • Aπ‘š=231β„Ž, 462 mi
  • Bπ‘š=231β„Ž, 233 mi
  • Cβ„Ž=231π‘š, 233 mi
  • Dβ„Ž=231π‘š, 462 mi
  • Eπ‘š=231+β„Ž, 233 mi


A cell phone provider charges a customer $74 for each month of service. Write a formula for the total cost 𝑐 after π‘šmonths of cell phone service. Then, find the total cost for 3 months of cell phone service.

  • A𝑐=74π‘š, $222
  • B𝑐=74+π‘š, $77
  • Cπ‘š=74𝑐, $222
  • Dπ‘š=74𝑐, $77
  • E𝑐=74π‘š, $77


In 1995, music stores sold cassette tapes for $2. Write an equation to find 𝑑, the total cost in dollars for buying 𝑐 cassette tapes, and then find how much it would cost to buy 3 cassette tapes.

  • A𝑑=2+𝑐, $5
  • B𝑐=2𝑑, $6
  • C𝑑=2𝑐, $6
  • D𝑐=2+𝑑, $5
  • E𝑑=2βˆ’π‘, $3


A plumber charges $40 for a call-out and $60 per hour of labor.

Write an equation for 𝐢, the cost of a job, in dollars, that takes 𝑑 hours.

  • A𝐢=60𝑑+40
  • B𝐢=100𝑑
  • C𝐢=40𝑑+60
  • D𝐢=60π‘‘βˆ’40
  • E𝐢=40π‘‘βˆ’60

What is the cost of a job that takes 3 hours?


A pet rescue center relies on donations to look after the cats and dogs. It costs $π‘₯ per week to feed a cat and $𝑦 per week to feed a dog.

There are 65 cats and 45 dogs in the center, and the total weekly food bill for them is $685.

Write an equation connecting π‘₯ and 𝑦.

  • A45π‘₯βˆ’65𝑦=685
  • B110π‘₯𝑦=685
  • C65π‘₯+45𝑦=685
  • D45π‘₯+65𝑦=685
  • E65π‘₯βˆ’45𝑦=685

Use the equation to find the weekly cost of feeding a dog, given that it costs $5 per week to feed a cat.


Write an equation that describes the statement β€œThe value of 𝑦 is the same as when five times π‘₯ is added to 14.”

  • A𝑦=5π‘₯βˆ’14
  • B𝑦=5+14π‘₯
  • C𝑦=14+5π‘₯
  • D𝑦=5βˆ’14π‘₯
  • E𝑦=14βˆ’5π‘₯


There were 𝑝 passengers on a bus. At a stop, 𝑙 people got off the bus, and nobody got on. The bus continued on its journey with 27 passengers.

Write an equation connecting 𝑝 and 𝑙.

  • Aπ‘βˆ’π‘™=27
  • B𝑝+2𝑙=27
  • C𝑝𝑙=27
  • Dπ‘βˆ’2𝑙=27
  • E𝑝+𝑙=27

If there were originally 31 people on the bus, what is the value of 𝑙?


A group of friends are going to a theme park. An adult ticket costs $70 and a child ticket costs $50. There are π‘₯ adults and 𝑦 children in the group, and the total cost for the group’s tickets is $710.

Write an equation connecting π‘₯ and 𝑦.

  • A50π‘₯+70𝑦=710
  • B70π‘₯βˆ’50𝑦=710
  • C120π‘₯𝑦=710
  • D70π‘₯+50𝑦=710
  • E50π‘₯βˆ’70𝑦=710


Mia is a distance runner and she is helping Mason, her nephew, to train for a race. Mia can maintain a speed of π‘₯ m/s and Mason can maintain a speed of 𝑦 m/s.

Mia gives Mason a 100 m head start. They start running at the same time and she overtakes Mason after 50 seconds. Write an equation for 𝑦 in terms of π‘₯.

  • A𝑦=π‘₯βˆ’2
  • B𝑦=π‘₯+12
  • C𝑦=2βˆ’π‘₯
  • D𝑦=π‘₯βˆ’12
  • E𝑦=π‘₯+2


Write an equation that describes the statement β€œThe value of 𝑦 is the same as when 7 is added to four times π‘₯ and the result is multiplied by 4.”

  • A𝑦=4(7π‘₯+4)
  • B𝑦=4Γ—7π‘₯+4
  • C𝑦=4Γ—4π‘₯+7
  • D𝑦=4π‘₯+7
  • E𝑦=4(4π‘₯+7)


Sophia has $10 in her bank account. Every week she will deposit $20 into the account. Write an equation that represents this situation, where 𝑇 is the total money in her account after 𝑀 weeks.

  • A𝑇=20𝑀+10
  • B𝑇=20π‘€βˆ’10
  • C𝑇=10π‘€βˆ’20
  • D𝑇=10𝑀+20
  • E𝑇=20𝑀+30


Write an equation to represent the statement β€œWhen four times 𝑦 is added to seven times π‘₯, the result is 14.”

  • A4π‘₯+7𝑦=14
  • B7π‘₯+4𝑦=14
  • C7π‘₯βˆ’4𝑦=14
  • D4π‘₯βˆ’7𝑦=14
  • E11(π‘₯+𝑦)=14


Jacob read 9 pages of a novel each hour. Write an equation using two variables that can determine how many pages 𝑝 he read in β„Ž hours, and then find how many pages Jacob read in 9 hours.

  • Aβ„Ž=9𝑝, 81 pages
  • Bβ„Ž=9+𝑝, 18 pages
  • Cβ„Ž=9𝑝, 18 pages
  • D𝑝=9β„Ž, 81 pages
  • E𝑝=9β„Ž, 18 pages


Madison and Mia are baking cupcakes for an event. So far, Madison has baked 24 and plans to bake 6 per hour, while Mia has baked 4 and plans to bake 11 per hour. Write and solve an equation that can determine how many hours will have passed before Madison and Mia have made the same number of cupcakes.

  • A6π‘₯+24=11π‘₯, 4 hours
  • B6π‘₯+24=11π‘₯+4, 5 hours
  • C6π‘₯βˆ’24=11π‘₯+4, 4 hours
  • D6π‘₯βˆ’24=11π‘₯+4, 5 hours
  • E6π‘₯+24=11π‘₯+4, 4 hours


Write an equation that describes the statement β€œThe value of 𝑦 is 4 less than three times the value of π‘₯.”

  • A𝑦=4π‘₯βˆ’3
  • B𝑦=4π‘₯+3
  • C𝑦=π‘₯βˆ’4
  • D𝑦=3π‘₯βˆ’4
  • E𝑦=3π‘₯+4


Write an equation that describes the statement β€œWhen 2 is subtracted from 𝑦, the result is the same as when 4 is added to π‘₯, and the result is multiplied by 3.”

  • Aπ‘¦βˆ’2=3π‘₯+4
  • B𝑦=(3π‘₯+4)βˆ’2
  • C𝑦=3(π‘₯+4)βˆ’2
  • D𝑦+2=3(π‘₯+4)
  • Eπ‘¦βˆ’2=3(π‘₯+4)


Some final-year students are planning a leaving party. They will hire a disco and provide refreshments for each student attending the party. The cost of the disco is Β£350, and refreshments will cost Β£3 per student. Write a formula for the total cost 𝐢 in pounds, if 𝑛 students attend the party.

  • A𝐢=350+𝑛
  • B𝐢=3𝑛
  • C𝐢=350𝑛+3
  • D𝐢=1,050𝑛
  • E𝐢=350+3𝑛


In a coffee shop, Jason was charged Β£17.10 for 4 coffees and 3 sandwiches. Let the cost of a coffee be £𝑐 and the cost of a sandwich be £𝑠. Write an equation in terms of 𝑐 and 𝑠 for the order.

  • A𝑐+𝑠=17.1
  • B3𝑐+4𝑠=17.1
  • C12𝑐𝑠=17.1
  • D4𝑐+3𝑠=17.1
  • E7𝑐𝑠=17.1


In the game of musical chairs, players walk around a group of chairs while music plays. When the music stops, the players sit on the chairs. As there is one fewer chair than the number of players, one player cannot find a chair and is then eliminated from the game. At the next round, a chair is removed and so on until there is only one player left. What is the formula for the number 𝑁 of the remaining players after π‘Ÿ rounds with 20 players in total?

  • A𝑁=20βˆ’2π‘Ÿ
  • B𝑁=20βˆ’3π‘Ÿ
  • C𝑁=10βˆ’π‘Ÿ
  • D𝑁=20βˆ’π‘Ÿ
  • E𝑁=10βˆ’2π‘Ÿ


For journeys between 10 pm and 7 am, a cab company charges a fixed fare of $4.50 plus 50 cents per fifth of a mile.

Let 𝑓 represent the fare in dollars for a journey of 𝑑 miles.

Write an equation for 𝑓 in terms of 𝑑.

  • A𝑓=0.5+4.5𝑑
  • B𝑓=4.5+0.5𝑑
  • C𝑓=(4.5+0.5)𝑑
  • D𝑓=2.5+4.5𝑑
  • E𝑓=4.5+2.5𝑑

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