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Math Word Problems For Dummies

From Math Word Problems For Dummies by Mary Jane Sterling

If the thought of working math word problems frightens you, don't panic. Arm yourself with the following algebraic, geometric, and financial formulas before you start so you're ready to dive in and solve word problems with confidence.

Applying Algebraic Formulas and Equivalences in Word Problems

When it comes to math, don't let the idea of solving word problems overwhelm you. If you prepare and have the right attitude, you can approach word problems confidently. One way to prepare is to have the following algebraic formulas and equivalences handy:

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Formulas for Perimeter, Area, Surface Area, and Volume

You'll find geometric figures showing up frequently in word problems. Geometric figures have names, classifications, and characteristics and are measured in two or more ways. Study this list of the formulas you need for flat and solid figures and what the measurements mean:

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Figuring Simple and Compound Interest in Math Word Problems

When you're working on money-type mathematical word problems, financial formulas come in handy. The following formulas are for simple and compound interest. (Note: The interest formulas involve a percentage that needs to be changed into a decimal before being inserted into the formula.)

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