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1,001 Basic Math and Pre-Algebra Practice Problems For Dummies by Mark Zegarelli

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Chapter 5

Big Four Word Problems

Word problems provide an opportunity for you to apply your math skills to real-world situations. In this chapter, all the problems can be solved using the Big Four operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing).

The Problems You’ll Work On

The problems in this chapter fall into three basic categories, based on their difficulty:

check.png Basic word problems where you need to perform a single operation

check.png Intermediate word problems where you need to use two different operations

check.png Tricky word problems that require several different operations and more difficult calculations

What to Watch Out For

Here are a few tips for getting the right answer to word problems:

check.png Read each problem carefully to make sure you understand what it’s asking.

check.png Use scratch paper to gather and organize information from the problem.

check.png Think about which Big Four operation (adding, subtracting, ...

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