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How to Solve Math Word Problems

Mathematics is not complete without solving word problems. Basically, word problems are the real application of mathematics in our lives. With this in mind, it is vital to know how a word problem is solved.

We are now going to solve a word problem step-by-step. Just follow the instructions and I’m sure that after this, you can now solve your own math word problems.

Suppose we are given: The sum of two consecutive integers is 15. Find the numbers.

First, identify the problem. In this case, we are asked to find the tow numbers.

Second, identify the information given. The problem says there are two consecutive numbers with the sum of 15.

Then, let the numbers be variables. In this particular problem, we need not have two variables since the other can be expressed with the same variable. The problem restricts its possibilities to be integers and that they are consecutive. With the information, we can let the two integers be “n” and “n+1”. Many students are finding it hard to let the given be in variables. This step in solving is one of the most important since this requires critical thinking.

Afterwards, we set up the equation to be ‘n+ (n+1)=15’. By solving the problem, we can get n=7 and n+1=8. Thus, the two integers are 7 and 8.

Finally, check your answers. Since 7 and 8 are consecutive integers and their sum is 15, we can conclude that we answered the problem.

This type of math problem is easy compared to others. But if you have the right attitude and proper knowledge in solving problems, any question is not that hard. MathComplete.Com is just a click away. Before solving word problems, make sure to visit the site since it will give you the steps and ways to solve your MATH problems.

 

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