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From:  Maureen (199.90.157.4)
 Subject:  Re: Word Problems practice HELP 
Date:  December 1, 2009 at 6:33 am PST 
In Reply to: Word Problems practice HELP posted by katy on November 30, 2009 at 8:28 am:
okay, here is the issue with word problems: the whole idea is to figure out, first, WHAT quantity you're trying to find: is the speed of train A, the distance from Cleveland to Pittsburgh...what are you trying to get? Then you figure out what things you already know: the distance from Cleveland to Dayton, the speed and direction of train B. Then you set up the relations of the things you know, so you can deduce what you don't know. That, in a nutshell, is how to do a word problem. ANY word problem. Any at all. And in the real world....ALL math starts out as a word problem. so if these problems look different to you...is it because they require different math knowledge or calculation skills? if so, start brushing up on those. If they "look different" just in terms of how they're set up, easy. No sweat. The whole skill in learning to do word problems is learning to cut through all the extraneous detail to figure out what exactly you are trying to work out. Learning that skill is exactly the same, no matter what the problems "look like". The whole idea is learning to get past what they look like to the equation that's underneath all the detail.
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