Re: Word Problems A Problem

"Word problems" are difficult because they require **thinking** rather than just applying formulas. Far too many students memorize formulas rather than learning what they **mean** so that they are able to think about adapting the formulas to specific situations in word problems.

Re: Word Problems A Problem

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**HallsofIvy** "Word problems" are difficult because they require **thinking** rather than just applying formulas. Far too many students memorize formulas rather than learning what they **mean** so that they are able to think about adapting the formulas to specific situations in word problems.

I believe word problems should be a topic divided into several courses: WP1, WP2, WP3, etc. Math teachers do not spend enough time teaching word problems. On any given test, students face one or two word problems which is not enough to test their knowledge.

Most of the time, a test will have the same word problem given in class with the exception that the numbers are different. How does this help students? I purchased a book titled How To Solve Word Problems in Algebra a few years ago. The book covers most word problems taught in algebra 1 and 2. I use this book but not enough times.

I know people who only like equations and consider themselves "experts" in solving for x. Of course, these people have never taken differential equations. LOL.

I need more practice with word problems. I will continue to post questions in the calculus section as I go deeper into my self-study of single variable calculus but at the same time, I will also post word problems in the other sections hoping to learn better techniques to improve my word problem skills.

Re: Word Problems A Problem

Well yes you shared right thing here about word problems.