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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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What Will I Learn?
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
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  • Students are encouraged to take part in practicing the example word problems as we progress through this course

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.

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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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 21 Lectures Collapse All 21 Lectures 57:26
2 Lectures 02:49
Example Problem (Why Initial Steps are Important)
1 Lecture 03:42
Strategy 1: Tables/Charts
3 Lectures 11:08
Signs to look for in the word problem

Table Example 1

Table Example 2
Strategy 2: Finding a Pattern
4 Lectures 13:05
Signs to look for in the word problem

Common patterns in word problems

Pattern Example 1

Pattern Example 2
Strategy 3: Applying an Equation or Formula
3 Lectures 08:47
Signs to look for in the word problem

Equation Example 1

Equation Example 2
Strategy 4: Trial and Error
3 Lectures 07:26
Signs to look for in the word problem

Trial and Error Example 1

Trial and Error Example 2
Step-By-Step Approach
1 Lecture 02:16
Step-By-Step Approach
1 Lecture 03:00
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About the Instructor
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53 Students
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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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