Solving Word Problems

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How to Plug in Numbers to Solve a Word Equation

When you write out a word equation, you have the facts you need in a form you can use to find the solution. You can often solve the problem by plugging numbers from one word equation into another. The [more…]

How to Solve Complex Word Problems

To solve complex word problems, you use the same skills as when you solve basic word problems, but the calculations become harder. For example, instead of a dress costing an amount such as [more…]

How to Convert a Basic Word Problem into an Equation

Word problems help you understand the logic behind setting up equations in real-life situations. The skill you need most when working with word problems is understanding how to turn the situation you’re [more…]

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 [more…]

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. [more…]

Math Word Problems For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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 [more…]

Translating ACT Math Word Problems

When you see a word problem on the ACT Math Test, you may feel a little lost at first. Straightforward math equations seem so much more, well, straightforward. Even though word problems are written in [more…]

2 Common Myths about Word Problems

Two common myths about word problems are that word problems are always hard and word problems are only for school — after that, you don't need them. Both of these ideas are untrue. [more…]

The 4 Steps to Solving Word Problems

The very mention of word problems — or story problems, as they're sometimes called — is enough to send a cold shiver of terror into the bones of the average math student. Generally, solving a word problem [more…]

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