Painless Math Word Problems

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This revised title helps middle school and high school students see patterns in math word problems, and then make the correct computations to solve them. In the process, they work with decimals and fractions, compare rates, and work with proportions and percents. The author presents everyday real-world examples which use problem-solving strategies that align with those of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The examples are presented in easy to understand language and formats that help guide ...
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Overview


This revised title helps middle school and high school students see patterns in math word problems, and then make the correct computations to solve them. In the process, they work with decimals and fractions, compare rates, and work with proportions and percents. The author presents everyday real-world examples which use problem-solving strategies that align with those of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The examples are presented in easy to understand language and formats that help guide students through problems in statistics, probability, and even a few fundamentals of algebra. Problems are presented in short-answer and open-response form to match those in many state assessment tests. Titles in Barron's Painless Series are textbook supplements especially designed to remove the painful aspects of classroom instruction and transform learning into fun.

Explains how to do word problems featuring whole number, decimals, fractions, ratios, percentages, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764143359
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Painless Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 570,523
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Taking the Problem Out of Word Problems 1

Four Steps to Word Problem Success 3

Step 1 Understand the Problem 4

Step 2 Plan a Strategy by Choosing the Operation 7

Multi-Step Problems 13

Chapter 2 Happy Whole Numbers 23

Whole Number Operations 25

Word Problems: Find the Information 29

Word Problems: Strategies for Solutions 35

Chapter 3 Daffy Decimals and Fun Fractions 61

Decimal Operations 63

Using Facts in a Display 71

Fraction Operations 73

Chapter 4 Rewarding Ratios and Rates, and Prize-Winning Proportions 103

Word Problems with Ratios 105

Word Problems with Rates 110

Word Problems with Proportions 115

Chapter 5 Perky Percents 133

Word Problems with Percents 135

Percent Change: Increase or Decrease 138

Find the Whole or Part When the Percent Is Known 144

Percent, Fraction, and Decimal Equivalents 148

An Interest in Interest 153

Chapter 6 Stupendous Statistics and Prime Probability 169

Word Problems with Statistics 171

The Three Fabulous Averages 176

The Range: A Measure of the Spread of the Data 178

What Are the Chances? Probability at a Glance 182

Chapter 7 Jumping Geometry Jubilee 195

Jubilee of Geometry Vocabulary 197

Word Problems with Geometry 199

Word Problems with Measurements 209

Triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem 214

Chapter 8 Enriching Equations and a Bit of Algebra 227

Solving Word Problems by Writing and Solving Linear Equations 229

The Balance Scale Model 232

Word Problems Solved by Solving Two Linear Equations 239

Chapter 9 A Potpourri of Practice Problems 255

Chapter 10 Interesting Internet Ideas 261

Index 277

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