Word problems do not come with equations. To solve a word problem, it is often helpful to rewrite the problem using mathematical notation.
Here are some strategies for approaching a word problem:
- Always start off by reading the entire problem.
- List information you know and assign variables to anything you don't know.
- Identify what the problem is asking for.
- Look for key words to identify which operations you will need to use. Here are some examples:
(Please note that these examples do not represent a complete list of key words.)