Solving Word Problems: Steps & Examples


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What is the first step in solving word problems?

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Which of the following is the equation to solve the following word problem?

Sam has 4 red balloons and 8 purple balloons. Judy has 12 red balloons and 4 orange balloons. How many red balloons do Sam and Judy have together?

2. Sam has 4 RED balloons and 8 PURPLE balloons. Judy has 12 RED balloons and 4 ORANGE balloons. How many RED balloons do Sam and Judy have together?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet are designed to help you quickly gauge your understanding of how to solve mathematical word problems. To pass the quiz, you will need to be familiar with each of the steps in the process and how to apply them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your ability to:

  • Recognize the first step in solving word problems
  • Select the correct equation that best represents a given word problem example
  • Solve given word problem examples using the process discussed in the lesson
  • Identify important parts of a word problem using a given example

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about solving word problems in a different light
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve practice word problems
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how to apply the process of solving word problems

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Solving Word Problems: Steps & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Analyze word problem examples
  • Identify the steps needed to solve mathematical word problems
  • Explain each word problem step in detail
  • Solve a sample problem to illustrate the application of the 3-step process