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    Math Word Problems

    It is hard to convert words in WORD PROBLEMS to the language of algebra leading to the correct equation set up. There is no easy way to "master" word problems or am I wrong?

    I know most of you will tell me to LET X BE WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR but there's gotta be more to it than this.
    What's your secret? Most textbooks provide examples of word problems along with SIMILAR practice questions.

    This is easy, right? BUT, what if you are reading a problem you never saw before and/or not explained in the textbook? What about that? How do you rationalize your way to the correct equation set up and answer?
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    Re: Math Word Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by harpazo View Post
    How do you rationalize your way to the correct equation set up and answer?
    3 ways:
    1: practice
    2: practice
    3: practice
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    Re: Math Word Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by DenisB View Post
    3 ways:
    1: practice
    2: practice
    3: practice
    What about people that cannot retain information learned 3 chapters ago or 4 chapters ago, etc? Honestly, I have been answering textbook questions just for fun since late 1980s. Don't you think word problems at the middle school and high school level should be second nature by now?
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