Topic: Story Problems
What are story problems?
The key to understanding story problems is that you known the basic math operations.
Operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
The key words help you to figure out which operations to use to solve the problem.
Each operation has there own key words to look out for, here are some examples:
In addition to, sum, total, more than, altogether, in all, combined, extra, raise, plus,
How many more, difference, how many less, fewer, left (sometimes, left over), change, lost,
decreased (by), less, remain, take away
How many times, times, multiplied by, of, every, product, by, twice as much,
three times as much (and so on), rate, at this rate, doubled, tripled (and so on), in all
How much/many will each receive?, divided among, split up between, per, ratio, percent,
each, divide (or split) evenly, cut, average, share, quotient, equally (split, divided, etc)
For telling that something equals another amount:
When trying to solve a worded problem use the following checklist;
1. Read the entire problem thoroughly
2. Make a list of the numerical (number) information you’ll need. If the numbers have units
attached (for example, 10 metres), make sure you attach units in your list so you don’t get
3. Write out the number equation you’ll need to solve.
4. Complete the solving process carefully.
5. When you get your answer, reread the problem and ask yourself, “Does this answer make sense?”
6. Remember to label your answer with the correct units, if needed.
You may ask yourself, ” Why is learning this important?”, well let’s watch the video below
to find out
Now lets try some examples: