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Math Word Problems To Make Your Child Understand The World

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Jan 27 2021

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Introduction

“If you find an offer of 10% OFF + 10% OFF at one store and flat 20% OFF on the same product at another store, which one should you choose to save more money?”

Kid solving problems

Questions like these are not just mathematical word problems but a part of what we face in our day-to-day lives.

These questions come either as problems to be solved or decisions to be made.

Word problems are situation-based questions that allow children to realize the application of math.

Unlike abstract questions, word problems offer a better perspective to the child that helps him/her become more efficient at applying math.

Let’s see how such questions prepare your child for the real world.

Word problems help children become better at problem-solving and decision-making.

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Math Word Problems To Make Your Child Understand The World. Word problems help children become better at problem-solving and decision-making. It also helps children to develop cognitive skills and Comprehension skills. Here is a downloadable PDF to explore more.

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What is problem-solving?

Kid solving problem

Nobody is ever going to ask what 8 times 60 is. However, what if the capacity of an elevator is 480 kg? How many people can go at one time?

Splitting a bill into equal amounts, finding the right accommodation for 10 people, preparing an asymmetric painting for a wall, looking for a carton to fit in 10 bottles of jam- everything works out for the best when we find the most

the appropriate solution to every situation.

Your child should be prepared from the very beginning for him/her to be able to find out solutions and avoid complications.


What is decision making?

Kid deciding

We may never come across a situation where we have to decide whether 8% of 10 is greater or 10% of 8 is. However, we will have to decide whether to buy a house right away or rent one for the time being.

To make such a decision, we might have to consider the best plan for a loan, the interest rate, assess our current savings, evaluate our future investments, etc.

Decision making is picking the most suitable option among the choices since the outcome of any situation depends largely on the decisions we make.

Also, we can be successful and content if we become good decision-makers.

Word problems essentially explain such scenarios. Students would have to understand the problem and break it down systematically.

They will then arrive at a conclusion or a decision, which essentially is an answer to the word problem.

Apart from building problem-solving ability and decision making skills, word problems help children in developing:

  1. Cognitive skills to analyze a given data and pick out the relevant information, as well as

  2. Comprehension skills to have a strong command of the language

Most textbooks do not provide a realistic context to their word-problems.

Consequently, students instead of seeing how word-problems are really “application problems” come to see them as tedious, wordy paragraphs that are put there simply to bore them.

In turn, they learn to “mug up” solutions rather than approach the problem as one would in real life.


Conclusion

Cognizant of these deficiencies, we at Cuemath do our best to provide context to our problems, thereby making them more relatable with real-life scenarios. This helps in making the questions both challenging and attractive such that the child learns as well as enjoys while working on them.

Why is Word Problems So Important in your Life

  • Word problems teach children to become creative thinkers
  •         Word problems are a caterpillar in order to develop a good understanding
  • Word problems teach you to accept a challenge but also to persevere and use both logic and creative ability combined     
  •        A Word problem lays a new kind of network. It opens a new door of opportunity to kids. They are introduced to math in a new way that comes to life and entices them.
  • They discover that math can be interesting and enjoyable at the same time.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a word problem in math?

In science education, a word problem is a mathematical exercise where significant background information on the problem is presented in ordinary language rather than in mathematical notation.

How do you apply word problems in real-life situations?

Problem-Solving Strategy

  • Read the word problem. Make sure you understand all the words and ideas.
  • Identify what you are looking for.
  • Name what you are looking for.
  • Translate into an equation.
  • Solve the equation using good algebra techniques.
  • Check the answer to the problem.
  • Answer the question with a complete sentence.

What is an example of a word problem?

Word problems commonly include mathematical modeling questions, where data and information about a certain system are given and a student is required to develop a model.

How do you master math word problems?

Strategies for Solving Word Problems

  • Read the Entire Word Problem.
  • Think About the Word Problem.
  • Write on the Word Problem.
  • Draw a Simple Picture and Label It.
  • Estimate the Answer Before Solving.
  • Check Your Work When Done.
  • Practice Word Problems Often.

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