# Algebra for dummies

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Word P roblems Word Problems Made Easy

Rebecca Wingard-Nelson

Illustrated by Tom LaBaff

Rebecca Wingard-Nelson

Illustrations: Tom LaBaff Cover illustration: Tom LaBaff

Contents
Introduction Problem-Solving Steps Problem-Solving Tips To o Little Information To o Much Information Estimation Lo ok for a Pattern Draw a Picture Logical Thinking Make a Table Make a List Work Backward Make an Easier Problem Use aGraph Write an Equation Addition Problems Subtraction Problems Multiplication Problems Division Problems Multi-Step Problems Combine Plans Further Reading Internet Addresses Index 5 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 47 48

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Introduction
M
ath is all around, and an important part of your life. You use math when you are playing games, cooking food, spending money,telling time, reading music, or doing any other activity that uses numbers. Even finding a television station uses math! Word Problems Are Everywhere Word problems use every kind of math. They help you use math to figure out things in the real world. You probably already know how to do the math; now you just need to know how to use it! Using This Book This book can be used to learn or to review howto solve word problems. Use it on your own or with a friend, tutor, or parent. Get ready to discover math . . . made easy!

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ProblemW
ord problems can be solved by following four easy steps.

Read carefully. What do you know? What do you need to find?

2 Make a plan.
It is up to you to find the best way to solve the problem. Some problems will give you a plan,like making a table, writing an equation, or drawing a graph.

3 Solve the problem.
It is time to do the math! If you find that your plan is not working, make a new plan.

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Solving Steps
Max has three dancing frogs. Li Ming has two. How many frogs do they have in all?

1 Read the problem. What do you know? What do you need to find? 2 Make a plan. 3 Solve the problem.

Max has 3 frogs. Li Ming has 2 frogs. How many frogs do they have all together? You can add to find the total number of frogs. 3 frogs + 2 frogs = 5frogs. They have 5 frogs. Does the answer make sense? Yes. Did you add correctly? Yes.