# Problem Solving

## CONTENTS OF CURRICULUM UNIT 80.07.05

## Word Problems Solved By S.M.S.

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## Appendix A

Sample Worksheet For Solving Word Problems

Read your problem and answer the following questions. Not all questions have to be answered, as all may not apply:

- A. Know Your Problem
- 1. What information is given?
- 2. What is the unknown(s)?
- 3. What are the key words?
- 4. Can you define the key words?
- 5. Do you need to set up a graph?
- 6. Can you rewrite and compare this to a similar problem?
- B. Make a Plan
- 1. Can you write an equation?
- 2. Can you draw a diagram?
- 3. Do you need to set up a proof?
- 4. How can the given information be linked?
- 5.’ Does the vocabulary imply a possible formula?
- 6. Estimate a solution.
- 7. What is your plan?
- C. Carry Out Your Plan
- 1. Solve the problem.
- D. Test Your Solution
- 1. Does your solution make sense?
- 2. Does your estimated solution come close to your actual solution?
- 3. Did you answer all the questions asked?
- 4. Check all of your computations.
- 5. Did you write your solutions in the proper form.