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Ms. Branstrom’s Math Monthly Volume 1, Edition 1 March, 2006 She Wants Me to Solve Word Problems?!?! ...................................................................... 1 Memo .............................................................................................................................. 2 “These are a few of my favorite formulas!” ............................................................... 2 Game of the Week: ................................................................................................. 2 This Month in Chapter 9: .................................................................................. 3 She Wants Me to Solve Word Problems?!?! For reasons that elude me, even in my advanced age, some of my best and brightest are still baffled by the simplest word problems. It’s a matter of turning the English language into math; verbal sentences into number sentences. Easier said than done, I know. Check out this handy-dandy English-Math “Dictionary” when you work at home.1 If the problem asks for: total, sum, more than, together, increased by, in all difference, less than, fewer, decreased by of, times, multiplied by, product of per, ratio, out of, quotient of, percent It means: Add Subtract Multiply Divide Did you know that if you just type “how to solve word problems” into Google, there are 54,800,000 results! That’s overwhelming. To aid you on your journey, I have compiled a number of internet resources that I find very useful. Now that you know what to do, try these sample problems to perfect your technique. Click the “Answer” button when you’re done, and you will be linked to a document that explains the answers. Two consecutive numbers total 117. What are the numbers? BONUS: The sum of three consecutive numbers is 45. What are the numbers? ANSWERS Ms. Branstrom’s favorite web sites for solving word problems: http://www.studygs.net/mathproblems.htm http://homepages.cambrianc.on.ca/tutorial/thetutorialcentre/mathscience/science/ How%20To%20Solve%20Word%20Problems.html 1 Beware: you might just have to you more than one of these operations before you get your final answer!! “These are a few of my favorite formulas!” Memo To: Students From: California School Board RE: Math Standards for 2005-2006 How many students can honestly say they have educational goals for a given school year? Be honest. . . Well, that’s about to change! You can find your content standards at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/mthmain. asp or on the bulletin board in our classroom! It is really important that you know what information you will be held accountable for -- especially if you plan to take standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, and Exit Exams. These frequently used formulas are definitely worth remembering. . . especially before your chapter 7 test! Distance (between two points) Formula: d (x 2 x1)2 (y 2 y1)2 Pythagorean Theorem: c 2 a2 b2 Formulas for a Line: Ax By C y mx b (y y1 ) m(x x1 ) Slope of a Line: y y m 2 1 x 2 x1 Game of the Week: SUDOKU Remember, each box, row, and column must contain all the numbers 1 through 9. Try your hand at this moderate-level Sudoku puzzle. For more great puzzles, go to www.dailysudoku.co.uk QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. This Month in Chapter 9: Quadratic Functions and the Conic Sections Math is FUN!!