Translating Word Problems into Equations


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This site shows students how to translate word problems into equations. It gives seven steps, from reading the problem carefully to checking the solution, to creating equations. The lesson moves on to a few simple exercises in which a natural language sentence is translated to an algebraic equation. It then moves on to more elaborate word problems which require students to identify the important data and follows the given seven steps to create and solve the equation. The more complex questions draw on student understanding of geometric formulae. There are six questions at the end for students to test their new knowledge of how to create and solve equations. Less

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: PS/Pre-K to 12

    Topics: Inquiry & Problem Based Learning, Mathematics, Equations and Inequalities, Education, Child Development & Family Services, Algebra & Functions


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    • Reference Materials
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    Tool for: Students