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Ch 9: Solving Word Problems

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Review the best ways to tackle and solve a variety of word problems using several effective methods. These lessons and quizzes can act as a comprehensive study guide to help you get the best score you can on an upcoming test.

Solving Word Problems - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, multiple ways to solve word problems are introduced, including a simple, three-step process to visualize and tackle the problem. You'll be presented with instruction on how to solve more complicated, multiple-step problems, as well as information on how to personalize and restate word problems in order to better understand them. You will learn to work backwards to solve complicated word problems in the next lesson.

Important tools to calculate velocity, time and distance in word problems are also introduced. Your study continues with information on how to solve ratio word problems and how to use scatterplots to tackle tough problems. Once you have completed this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Follow a three-step visualization process to answer word problems
  • Solve complicated, multi-step word problems
  • Problem solve using personalization
  • Use images and sketches to help you visualize and solve a problem
  • Work backwards to solve math word problems
  • Calculate time, distance and velocity
  • Work out word problems containing ratios
  • Utilize scatterplots to solve word problems

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8 Lessons in Chapter 9: 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.

Solving Word Problems with Multiple Steps

2. 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.

Personalizing a Word Problem to Increase Understanding

3. 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.

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.

Working Backwards to Solve Word Problems

5. Working Backwards to Solve Word Problems

There are many ways to go about solving word problems in mathematics. This lesson will illustrate a particular solving process called working backwards. We'll see how and when to use this process to solve word problems.

Word Problems Involving Time, Distance & Velocity

6. Word Problems Involving Time, Distance & Velocity

Knowing how long something takes, how far away something is, and how fast you need to travel, are all important factors in your day. This lesson will give you the tools to calculate time, distance, and velocity in word problems.

How to Solve Ratio Word Problems

7. How to Solve Ratio Word Problems

We see ratios all around us every day. From the grocery store, to forecasting into the future, to enlarging or shrinking pictures, a command of ratios can be a powerful math tool. In this lesson, learn how to solve word problems with ratios in them.

How to Use Scatter Plots to Solve Word Problems

8. How to Use Scatter Plots to Solve Word Problems

Watch this video lesson to learn how you can use a scatter plot to help you solve a word problem. You will see how easy it becomes to solve your problem once you have your scatter plot.

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