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Problem Solving & Comprehension, 6th Edition by Ronald Narode, Jack Lochhead, Arthur Whimbey

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XI.  Solving Mathematical Word Problems

Section 1  Introduction

People frequently express anxiety and even despair in dealing with mathematical word problems. Generally these feelings stem from unfortunate experiences in early math training. However, just as many people frightened of water have been taught to swim, this chapter has helped many people develop greater confidence and skill in mathematics.

The problems in this chapter are called mathematical word problems. But what does that mean? Simply this: Each problem describes a situation involving numerical relationships. The situation and relationships must first be interpreted and grasped. ...

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