Simple Steps to Solve Math Word Problems

Learn how to reduce stress and anxiety by implementing a step by step approach to solve almost any math word problem.
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  • Lectures 21
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

Word problems are the least liked questions within any math course, but at the same time, they are the most useful to understand how to solve. In this course, we will discuss a simple step-by-step approach you should follow for any word problem you face in a math course along with common strategies that can be used to solve a large variety of word problems. While this approach is suitable for any math course you are taking, we will focus this course on introductory word problems you may come across in middle or high school level as well as 100-level college math courses. They will be intermediate arithmetic and simple algebra used in our examples (i.e. 3x+7 = -5, solve for x). I do not expect you to leave this course as an expert in solving word problems, but I do hope you will know how to set up a plan to solve each question you face. The only way you can become an expert in solving word problems is through repeated practice and spotting the signs to determine which techniques will best help you solve each word problem, which is what we plan to teach you to do in this course.

What are the requirements?

  • Students are encouraged to take part in practicing the example word problems as we progress through this course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand a simple step-by-step approach to solve almost any math word problem
  • Reduce the amount of stress and anxiety that occurs when facing these problems

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is suited specifically for students in secondary school or 100-level college math courses, but the process for solving math word problems is suitable for other math courses as well
  • Examples included in the presentation will go no higher than Algebraic techniques for solving for an unknown variable

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Section 1: Introduction
Background and Objectives
Section 2: Initial Steps to Undestand the Problem
What are we trying to figure out?
What do we already know?
Next steps to solve the problem
Section 3: Example Problem (Why Initial Steps are Important)
Bus Driver Example
Section 4: Strategy 1: Tables/Charts
Signs to look for in the word problem
Table Example 1
Table Example 2
Section 5: Strategy 2: Finding a Pattern
Signs to look for in the word problem
Common patterns in word problems
Pattern Example 1
Pattern Example 2
Section 6: Strategy 3: Applying an Equation or Formula
Signs to look for in the word problem
Equation Example 1
Equation Example 2
Section 7: Strategy 4: Trial and Error
Signs to look for in the word problem
Trial and Error Example 1
Trial and Error Example 2
Section 8: Step-By-Step Approach
Step-By-Step Approach
Section 9: Conclusion
Final Thoughts

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Myke Garrity, Adjunct Math Professor and Data Analyst

Myke Garrity has been tutoring high school and college students in mathematics for over five years, and he has spent the last four years teaching community college courses in areas such as Algebra, Statistics, and Precalculus.

His emphasis has always been about teaching math skills that will help students outside of school. He knows that students always ask, "When will I ever need this in the real world?", and he has made it his mission to ensure he will answer that question.

Myke hold a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Computational Sciences and Informatics. He also works as a Data Analyst and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

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