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Find unit price of each item given the total spent [on hold]

I am trying to help my daughter in her math and there is this question I can't quite get my head around, The sum is: Three friends go into a book shop. Salma buys a cook book and a novel, she pays \$...
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Don't these word problems seem designed to be confusing?

I'm a fairly new private math tutor, and I'm good at math (I have a BS from Caltech with lots of graduate level math), but becoming good at teaching math is something else, which I strive to improve ...
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Interesting settings for exponential growth or decay

If you look for word problems about exponential growth or decay, in text books or on the internet, certain settings arise again and again: bank accounts, populations of animals, people or bacteria, ...
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Resources for precalculus applications

Do you know any good sources of free/open application-style problems for the precalculus level? I would like to use an OER precalculus book, but the few I am most happy with seem to lack (what we ...
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“Seeing” GCD and LCM in Word Problems

Last year, I taught GCD and LCM and then gave my students word problem relating to these concepts ("Two runners with given different speeds; when will they meet again?", "Having three kinds of flowers ...
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Difficulty with word problem interpretation

I've tutored math SAT prep for some years now, and have developed a routine with certain texts and exercises that I have found to be fairly successful in improving scores overall. I recognize that ...
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How to control for numerical factor in mathematics education research?

I am going to carry out a small scale action research on ratio problems. I would ask the same questions in different ways and see whether wordings would affect students' performance. However, past ...
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How can I explain ratio problems without talking about ratio?

My students haven't learned about ratio yet, but in the test, there are questions that relate to ratio. I'm not sure how to explain this kind of problem without talking about ratio. For example, ...
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request for evidence about class perspectives in math word problems

A recent publication: Anita Bright. Education for Whom? Word Problems as Carriers of Cultural Values. Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education. (Spring 2016). pp. 6-22. Link No paywall. observes ...
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What is the value of sentence type maths problems for primary school students? [closed]

I am teaching English in a Japanese primary school and they have a Nepalese child who doesn't understand written Japanese especially so they got me to translate some maths problems for them. I had a ...
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Reference request for studies on gender in math examples, homework problems, or math exams

I am looking for a study or reference on gender in math problems given in mathematics. In math texts or even on math exams, if there is a word problem involving people, these people or "characters" ...
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Explaining the phrase “in terms of”

So, I'm a mathematics tutor, and I always run into this mental block that students have: they don't seem to understand what "in terms of" means. Also, the phrase "in terms of" is so useful, and it ...
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Challenge questions for extremely bright kids

I suppose this is the place for my questions as much as any place is: I'm a math student coming on my 3rd year of undergrad, and I am working as a counselor at a Summer math camp. The camp is for 12-...
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Where can I find realistic data for college-level elementary statistics problems?

I'm creating a large number of practice problems for my statistics students. These problems are for an elementary stats course where students: measure central tendency measure dispersion use linear ...
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Is there a name for 'simple' two-input-one-output word problems?

Andy has 4 apples, and then eats 2. How many does he have left? Beth drives for 3 hours at 80 km/h. How far did she go? Carl, Debbie and Earl earned $30 together shoveling driveways. How much does ...
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Unable to solve word problems, fluent in arithmetic

A colleague of mine, teaches math to 6th graders. Some of his students are completely fluent in arithmetic, but can't solve word problems. What practical ways exist to help them? Is there any ...
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Should word problems be reasonable?

I've recently run across a series of problems that didn't reflect reality. For example - An algebra problem with two teens on bicycles. The resulting times showed the bike was moving at 120MPH. ...