Tips for Solving Math Word Problems
Are math word problems troubling you again? And are you unsure of what you need to do to solve?
them, or is your brain telling you that you cannot do this? How about story-based word problems? Are they troubling you too?
If you don't know where to begin, the easiest solution is to properly plan how you can solve your word problem. When you have a strategy in your head, it becomes easier to solve the problem. With a proper strategy, even the most difficult of all problems can be solved. Let us take a look at how you can tackle the most difficult word problem. Here is what you need to do:
Read through the problem very carefully.
Underline the words that you think are important clues that can help you in solving the problem.
Take a look at the important facts that are provided.
Look at what you need to find out.
You will have to use variables that need to be changed into mathematical symbols.
Identify the information that is relevant to the problem.
All the problems are themed to an amusement park. Example: Jeremy went to get
cotton candy for his
friends. He needed to get
cotton candy for Mike,
Sarah, Billy, Madison, and
himself. How many cotton
candies did Jeremy need?
Directions: Write out the problems and answer them. Example: 14 elephants were
running on the rock. 6
elephants went into to the
water to take a bath. How
many elephants did not take
All these problems you would commonly come across in a grocery store. Example: Jenna needs 40 ounces of
cheese. Each block of cheese is 10
ounces. How many blocks of cheese
should she buy?
All these problems you would refer to parts of American Football. Example: The Wildcats football ended the
football game with 30 points. The
gophers had 21 points. By how many
did the Wildcats win the game?
All these word problems you would refer some form of Go Kart racing. Example: The go karts went in for
repairs. Car-30 needed 16 bolts
replaced. Car-19 needed 7 bolts
replaced. By how many more bolts
did Car-30 need?
Kelly picked 32 flowers. 14 of the flowers were white. The
rest of the flowers were yellow.
The family will take a 325 mile car trip. The will travel at
an average speed of 50 miles per hour. Their car can travel
25 miles on every gallon of gasoline. Each gallon of
gasoline costs $2.55.
Boxes of lollipops are packed in cases of 15
boxes. If each box is 2.5 pounds, how much will an
entire case weigh?
Buffalo is about 470 miles from Boston. Boston
is about 110 miles from Hartford. Hartford is about
560 miles from Cleveland. New York City is about
1330 miles from Miami. Which trip would take
longer traveling the same speed?
Jasmine charges $22 dollars per month to deliver
6 newspapers per week to 1 house. She delivered
newspapers to 36 houses every week. How much money
did she earn in one month with four weeks?
Miley drops her 3 daughters off to shop. She
gives her oldest daughter Jessica $86.88 and tells
her to divide the amount evenly between them. How
much should each daughter receive?
The Farmers Market is a place where farmers sell
their crops to the local community. The Farmers
Market is open daily from 9:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
How long is the Farmers Market open every day?
These problems require you to setup an equation of somekind. Example problem: When added, five consecutive numbers have a sum of 40.
What are the numbers?
We take the previous series of worksheets and get a bit more involved. Example problem: In a student election, 676 students voted for one of two
candidates for president. If the winner received 142 more
votes than the loser, how many votes were cast for each