Some students try to figure out what all they have first.
They read the problem, write out all the details they have been given, and then expect to solve it from there. But you will save yourself an enormous amount of time if you know you are looking to answer first.
After you know a bit about the problem before you, we’re going to ask three questions about it.
You can ask these three questions of any word problem, in any type of math. Take the following situation for example: A plane leaves Toronto, Ontario (Canada), heads to Newark, New Jersey, and then heads to Seattle, Washington.
When the plane is at 30,000 feet, an engine fails, and the plane has to attempt an emergency landing. and it does so directly on the Canada-United States border. We’ll let you think about that question for a few minutes.
You can see the answer at the bottom of this post if you’re curious. You must know what your math word problem is asking.Knowing the question is more important than knowing what details you have. Only when you know the question you are answering and what you need in order to answer it can you then find the right details to answer it correctly. However much you have studied, if you can not solve the problem on day of the test, you are lost.Thankfully, there are some techniques for studying maths that you can do regardless of your level.After discovering what’s being asked of you – the length of the ladder – you realize that the Pythagorean Theorem is what you’ll need to solve it. Now you can simply fill in the equation with what you have already been given. Math word problems are notorious for giving you too many details. This means our final question needed to solve this math word problem will be super easy. That’s why this step is the last of the three questions. Simply enter your values into your equation, and crank out the right answer by solving the problem. If you know what you’re looking for, your answer should be in the right units. To study maths you have to roll up your sleeves and actually solve some problems.The more you practice answering maths problems, the better.You may even end up loving mathematics by the end of the blog post!It is impossible to study maths properly by just reading and listening.