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A few quick tips.
- Read the problem at least twice before starting it.
- When you are reading the problem the second time write down the key pieces of information.
- If possible, organize the information in a table – it may help you identify relationships.
- Build your equation and solve.
- Always check your answer against the original problem to see if it makes sense. Also be sure that you fully answered the question.
Transitioning to word problems:
- KHAN Academy: Variables, Expressions & Equations
- KHAN Academy: Consecutive Odd Integers
- KHAN Academy: Mixture Problems
- KHAN Academy: Advanced Mixture Problem
How to build functions for common word problems:
Analyzing the structure of functions:
- KHAN Academy: Functions (part 1) – visual argument; KHAN Academy: Functions (part 2) – algebraic argument
- KHAN Academy: Functions - Rate Problem
- KHAN Academy: Functions - Rate Problem (take 2)
- KHAN Academy: Pythagorean Theorem application
- KHAN Academy: Pythagorean Theorem (area)
How do you decide if your solution makes sense?
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