Working Backwards to Solve Word Problems


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Which of the following statements are true?

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1. Suppose one of the statements in a word problem is 'you give 5 apples away'. How do you undo this step of the problem while working backwards?

2. Which of the following scenarios would indicate that working backwards is a good solving process to use?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In the field of mathematics, it is often best to know multiple approaches for solving problems. This quiz you will prove your familiarity with the backwards approach to word problems. Questions on the quiz will ask you about when to use this approach, how to recognize true statements, and how to apply this approach in sample problems.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

With these assessment tools, you can measure what you know about:

  • Recognizing true facts about the purpose of going backwards
  • Working backwards to undo word problem steps
  • Indicators that support using the backwards approach
  • Applying the approach to sample word problems

Skills Practiced

Use this quiz and worksheet as a way to sharpen the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about working backwards in a different light
  • Problem solving - use the backwards approach to solve practice word problems
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the purpose for using the backwards approach

Additional Learning

Take some time to go further into this topic by referring to the connected lesson, Working Backwards to Solve Word Problems. Find answers to the quiz questions, then move on to the following:

  • Working backwards definition
  • Practical examples of the method
  • Identifying when not to use the backwards approach