Word Problems are mathematical problems that are delivered in ordinary words, instead of mathematical symbols. Part of the problem with dealing with word problems that they first need to be translated into mathematical equations, and then the equations need to be solved.
Working with Word Equations
Math is a kind of language, with its own "grammar"; to become "fluent" in math, you must understand its grammar. Some of the "grammatic" terms used in Math include:
This is not a definitive listing. While problems found in text books usually include these phrasings, you may encounter one where such words are implicit.
Steps To Solving Word Problems
The majority of word problems in algebra can be rewritten as equations, which you can then solve. There are some steps to take as you analyze a word problem.
- Read Carefully
- Define A Variable (What You Are Looking For)
- Make A Plan
- Write An Equation
- Is This Answer Reasonable?
These six steps may seem either obvious, but serve as the foundation to solving word problems.