Allow me to break down a simple 5th grade word problem. This is an example of how I want my textbook word problems solved by the math professionals here.

Marsha has two boxes of marbles. Box A has 300 marbles and Box B has 400 marbles. She distributed 1/3 of the marbles from the box containing 300 marbles and 1/4 of the marbles from the other box. How many marbles remain after each distribution?

THE BREAK DOWN:

Marsha has two boxes of marbles. Box A has 300 marbles and Box B has 400 marbles.

Box A + Box B =( 300 + 400) =700 marbles.

She distributed 1/3 of the marbles from the box containing 300 and 1/4 of the marbles from the other box.

Box A(1/3) = 300(1/3) = 100

Box B(1/4) = 400(1/4) = 100

So, she distributed 200 marbles in total.

How many marbles remain after each distribution?

As stated above, originally Marsha had 700 marbles.

She distributed 200 marbles. I now subtract 200 marbles from 700 marbles. So, the answer is 500 marbles remain.

MHF Tutors:

Why can't you answer my textbook questions in like manner? Of course, I'll show my effort unless the application is over my head. Explaining a word problem in this fashion will help me and others tremendously. What do you say?