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Ch 41: Mathematical Reasoning for Solving Word Problems

About This Chapter

Sometimes math looks more like a story than a math problem. In this chapter, you'll learn the logic necessary to evaluate and solve a variety of math word problems.

Mathematical Reasoning for Solving Word Problems - Chapter Summary

What happens when math goes from being numbers to looking like a paragraph from your English book? The lessons in this chapter will help you navigate word problems. Learn the reasoning skills necessary to translate words into math formulas and complete multi-step word problems. In each lesson, you'll find plenty of examples so you can work along with our instructors. When you are through with this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain probability and calculate combinations
  • Understand the steps for solving word problems
  • Solve multi-step word problems
  • Translate words into math operations
  • Solve time and money problems

Short, engaging video lessons taught by our experienced instructors make learning and review easy. Each lesson includes plenty of examples to help you master the math principles. If you want to review select topics, video tags in the Timeline let you quickly access individual segments of the video. And, when you have completed a lesson, take the self-assessment quiz to confirm you understand the new concepts. To track your progress, go to Dashboard to see what you completed.

7 Lessons in Chapter 41: Mathematical Reasoning for Solving Word Problems
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What is Probability in Math? - Definition & Overview

1. What is Probability in Math? - Definition & Overview

Remember throwing a quarter and calling out heads or tails? Learn what this has to do with probability. Also learn how you can use your newly-learned skills from this lesson to help you decide whether you should play heads or tails at all!

How to Calculate the Probability of Combinations

2. How to Calculate the Probability of Combinations

To calculate the probability of a combination, you will need to consider the number of favorable outcomes over the number of total outcomes. Combinations are used to calculate events where order does not matter. In this lesson, we will explore the connection between these two essential topics.

Solving Word Problems: Steps & Examples

3. 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.

Solving Word Problems with Multiple Steps

4. 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.

How to Solve Problems with Time

5. How to Solve Problems with Time

It's amazing how much time can be saved when people work together. In this lesson, we'll practice figuring out just how much time we're talking about as we solve problems involving time.

How to Solve Problems with Money

6. How to Solve Problems with Money

Money matters, and knowing how much things cost will be useful no matter where you go. In this lesson, we'll learn the steps for solving word problems involving money.

Translating Words Into Math Symbols

7. Translating Words Into Math Symbols

Math is its own language, which can make solving problems difficult. This lesson will help you translate words into math symbols, so you can easily solve word problems.

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