Find yourself stuck on the tracks when two trains are traveling at different speeds? Help has arrived! Math Word Problems Demystified, Second Edition is your ticket to problem-solving success.
Based on mathematician George Polya's proven four-step process, this practical guide helps you master the basic procedures and develop a plan of action you can use to solve many different types of word problems. Tips for using systems of equations and quadratic equations are included. Detailed examples and concise explanations make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam help reinforce learning.
It's a no-brainer! You'll learn to solve:
Decimal, fraction, and percent problems
Proportion and formula problems
Number and digit problems
Distance and mixture problems
Finance, lever, and work problems
Geometry, probability, and statistics problems
Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Math Word Problems Demystified, Second Edition helps you master this essential mathematics skill.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The explanations are the best that I have come across. You really will be able to work your way through them on your own. I wish I had had this book going through school. However, the proofreader needs to look for another line of work since there were a few errors. Only chapters 1 - 9 are really needed to be successful - so don't worry about chapters 10 - 12. Match it up with the TI-34 calculator and you will do well on all math achievement / aptitude tests.
My 6th grader thinks she knows everything, but her math grades tell me she does not. I have researched a number of methods to help my 6th grader with solving word problems. This book has been the best tool for me to help her. She was not doing well with word problems, and I am using this book to both identify what she doesn't know and reinforce what she does know. Just as some people work crossword puzzles, I am having her work a minimum of 2 problems per day. Before I started using this book, she would not ask for help. She finally told me she did not know what she did not understand. Now she works until she gets stuck, then asks for help. I discovered that she was having trouble with multi-step problems, and would only work the first part. She had also gotten mixed up on what to do with decimal points, and was counting decimal places when she added and subtracted decimals. And long division, whell she did not want to line things up. It looked like a crooked stair case...
I had hopes, but nobody has yet developed a magic bullet for organizing and solving word problems. I had hoped to use it for the prealgebra class I teach, but probably not.
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