59 is the sum of 16 and Donnie's saving. Use the variable d to represent Donnie's saving. The phrase the sum of means we add Donnie's savings of d to 16: d + 16 The phrase is means an equation, so we set d + 16 equal to 59 d + 16 = 59 <-- This is our algebraic expression Now, if the problem asks you to solve for d, then you type the algebraic expression into our search engine to get: d = 43