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Ch 5: Basics of Solving Word Problems

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This chapter was designed to increase your knowledge of the basics of solving word problems. Take a look at the process of writing arithmetic expressions, finding solutions for word problems with multiple steps, and more.

Basics of Solving Word Problems - Chapter Summary

These lessons will boost your understanding of the steps needed to correctly set up and solve math problems as well as simplification methods. The chapter includes topics such as:

  • Steps for and examples of solving word problems
  • Restatement of word problems using images or words
  • Personalization of word problems
  • Simplification of word problems that have fractions through the use of whole numbers

Our instructors host the short video lessons that make up this chapter. Each lasts between five and ten minutes and comes with a self-assessment quiz for you to take. We include a feature that allows you to submit questions directly to a Study.com expert.

6 Lessons in Chapter 5: Basics of Solving Word Problems
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Solving Word Problems: Steps & Examples

1. Solving Word Problems: Steps & Examples

Watch this video lesson to learn how you can solve word problems by following this 3-step process. Learn how to visualize your problem so you fully understand it. Then learn how to write and solve your equations.

What is the Correct Setup to Solve Math Problems?: Writing Arithmetic Expressions

2. What is the Correct Setup to Solve Math Problems?: Writing Arithmetic Expressions

When it comes to solving math word problems, there is a correct way of setting up the problem and labeling the various parts of the problem so that you can solve the problem easily. Watch this video lesson to learn how you can do it.

Solving Word Problems with Multiple Steps

3. Solving Word Problems with Multiple Steps

Not all word problems are so straightforward that they only require you to do one operation and you're done. Some are more complicated, requiring several steps. Watch this video lesson to learn how to solve these kinds of problems.

Restating Word Problems Using Words or Images

4. Restating Word Problems Using Words or Images

Watch this video lesson to learn how you can use sketches and notes to help you visualize a problem. Watch how easy it becomes to solve your problem once you have visualized it.

Personalizing a Word Problem to Increase Understanding

5. Personalizing a Word Problem to Increase Understanding

When it comes to word problems, being able to personalize a word problem with more familiar situations will help you a lot in your problem solving. Watch this video lesson to learn how you can restate the word problem in terms you understand.

How to Simplify Word Problems with Fractions Using Whole Numbers

6. How to Simplify Word Problems with Fractions Using Whole Numbers

Watch this video lesson to learn how to solve word problems with fractions in them easily by turning your fractions into whole numbers. Learn what you need to do to get rid of your fractions so you can easily solve your problem.

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