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Write an Equation Strategy What is the Write an Equation Strategy? This strategy calls for flexible algebraic thinking. You must balance both sides of an equation, taking care to isolate your variable on one side of that equation. But where do I begin? Let m be the variable that stands for the number of mangoes that were in the bowl before any of them were removed. How do I know when I have written the equation correctly? When you have solved for m and plugging that value back into your original equation works, you’ve solved the problem. You will want to then take the value of m and re-read the problem to ensure that it checks out. Helpful Hint: Since the King removed 1/6 m then (m minus 1/6 m) are left over once he has eaten his mangoes. So, 5/6 mangoes are left.