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solving verbal problems
Solving Verbal Problems

Kitty Jay

© 2002 Tomball College LAC

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Directions
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verbal problems your worst nightmare
Verbal Problems, Your Worst Nightmare
  • Do you avoid homework assignments that involve verbal problems?
  • Are you confused by all the words?
  • Do you have trouble knowing where to start?
slide4
Solving verbal problems is typically one of the more challenging math topics that students encounter.

I know the answer is

here someplace.

  • This presentation has some of the typical types of verbal problems worked out in detail.
  • After viewing this presentation you should be able to identify each type of verbal problem and an appropriate approach for solving it.
table of contents
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Click on a button to go to the page.

Strategies

List of steps to follow for solving word problems

Coins

Solving problems involving money

Distance

Solving uniform motion problems, sound clip included

Geometry

Solving problems involving geometric formulas

Number

Solving consecutive integer number problems

Mixture

Solving mixture problems

Practice

Additional problems, answers included

general strategy steps
GENERAL STRATEGY STEPS

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to read a description.

READ

Contents

general strategy steps7
GENERAL STRATEGY STEPS

Click on each button

to read a description.

IDENTIFY

READ

Contents

general strategy steps8
GENERAL STRATEGY STEPS

FORMULA

Click on each button

to read a description.

IDENTIFY

READ

Contents

general strategy steps9
GENERAL STRATEGY STEPS

DIAGRAM

FORMULA

Click on each button

to read a description.

IDENTIFY

READ

Contents

general strategy steps10
GENERAL STRATEGY STEPS

EQUATION

DIAGRAM

FORMULA

Click on each button

to read a description.

IDENTIFY

READ

Contents

general strategy steps11
GENERAL STRATEGY STEPS

SOLVE

EQUATION

DIAGRAM

FORMULA

Click on each button

to read a description.

IDENTIFY

READ

Contents

general strategy steps12
GENERAL STRATEGY STEPS

EQUATION

DIAGRAM

FORMULA

Click on each button

to read a description.

IDENTIFY

READ

Contents

general strategy steps13
GENERAL STRATEGY STEPS

EQUATION

DIAGRAM

FORMULA

Click on each button

to read a description.

IDENTIFY

READ

Contents

general strategy steps14
GENERAL STRATEGY STEPS

CHECK

SOLVE

EQUATION

DIAGRAM

FORMULA

Click on each button

to read a description.

IDENTIFY

READ

Contents

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GENERAL STRATEGY STEPS

QUESTION

CHECK

SOLVE

EQUATION

DIAGRAM

FORMULA

Click on each button

to read a description.

IDENTIFY

READ

Contents

read the problem
Read the problem

carefully, as many times as is necessary to understand what the problem is saying and what it is asking.

Strategies

clearly identify
Clearly identify

Clearly identify the unknown quantity (or quantities) in the problem, and label it (them) using one variable.

Strategies

underlying relationship
underlying relationship

Is there some underlying relationship or formula you need to know? If not, then the words of the problem themselves give the required relationship.

Strategies

use diagrams
use diagrams,

When appropriate, use diagrams, tables, or charts to organize information.

Strategies

translate the information
Translate the information

Translate the information in the problem into an equation or inequality.

Strategies

solve the equation
Solve the equation

Solve the equation or inequality.

Strategies

check the answer s
Check the answer(s)

Check the answer(s) in the original words of the problem to make sure you have met all of the conditions stated in the problem.

Strategies

answer
answer

Make sure you have answered the original question.

Contents

solving verbal problems coins
Solving Verbal Problems - Coins
  • In a collection of nickels, dimes, and quarters, there are twice as many dimes as nickels, and 3 fewer quarters than dimes. If the total value of the coins is $4.50, how many of each type of coin are there?
  • Read the problem carefully, as many times as is necessary to understand what the problem is saying and what it is asking.

Contents

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Clearly identify the unknown quantity (or quantities) in the problem, and label it (them) using one variable.
  • there are twice as many dimes as nickels

if n represents the number of nickels

then 2n will represent the number of dimes

  • 3 fewer quarters than dimes

if 2n represents the number of dimes

then 2n - 3 will represent the number of quarters

Contents

Coins

use diagrams or a table whenever you think it will make the given information clearer

Nickels

Dimes

Quarters

Number of coins

Value of coins

Use diagrams or a table whenever you think it will make the given information clearer.

Contents

Coins

to fill in the value of each amount of coins remember

Nickels

Dimes

Quarters

Example:

Number of

Value of

To fill in the value of each amount of coins, remember:
  • each nickel is worth 5 cents

n nickels will be worth 5n

  • each dime is worth 10 cents

2n dimes will be worth 10(2n)(twice the # of nickels)

  • each quarter is worth 25 cents

2n - 3 quarters will be worth 25(2n - 3)(3 fewer quarters than dimes)

2(4)-3=5

4

2(4)=8

5(4)=20 ¢

10(8)=80 ¢

25(5)=125 ¢

Contents

Coins

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In a collection of nickels, dimes, and quarters, there are twice as many dimes as nickels, and 3 fewer quarters than dimes. If the total value of the coins is $4.50, how many of each type of coin are there?

Change the total money to cents also.

Fill in the table:

Nickels

Dimes

Quarters

Total

Number of

n

2n

2n-3

5n

10(2n)

25(2n-3)

450

Value of

Contents

Coins

slide29
Using the information in the “value of coins” row of the table, write an equation that can be used to find the number of each type of coin.

value of nickels

+ value of dimes

+ value of quarters

= $4.50

+

+

=

5n

10(2n)

25(2n-3)

450

Nickels

Dimes

Quarters

Total

Number of

n

2n

2n-3

5n

10(2n)

25(2n-3)

450

Value of

Contents

Coins

solve the equation30
Solve the equation.

75n - 75 = 450 Distribute and collect like terms.

75n = 525 Use the Addition Property

n = 7 Use the Multiplication Property

5n + 10(2n) + 25(2n-3) = 450

Contents

Coins

make sure you have answered the question that was asked
Make sure you have answered the question that was asked.

If there are 7 nickels then there are twice as many dimes or 14 dimes and three fewer quarters or 11 quarters.

Contents

Coins

check the answer s in the original words of the problem
Check the answer(s) in the original words of the problem.
  • In a collection of nickels, dimes, and quarters, there are twice as many dimes as nickels, and 3 fewer quarters than dimes. If the total value of the coins is $4.50, how many of each type of coin are there?

5(7) + 10(14) +25(11) = 450

35 + 140 + 275 = 450

450 = 450

Contents

Coins

distance problems
Distance Problems

A bike race consists of two segments whose total length is 90 kilometers.

The first segment is covered at 10 kph and takes 2 hours longer to complete than the second segment, which is covered at 25 kph.

How long is each segment?

Read the problem carefully to understand what is being asked.

Contents

identify the unknowns
Identify the Unknowns

How long is each segment?

The length of the second segment of the race is equal to the total distance minus the length of the other segment of the race.

Contents

Distance

draw a picture
Draw a picture

Finish 90 km later

90 - d km @ 25 kph

d km @ 10 kph

Start

Contents

Distance

Audio Clip from “Bicycle” by Queen

use a formula
Use a Formula

Since the problem gives information about the time involved, use the formula:

t = d/r (time equals distance divided by the rate)

to fill in the table below.

t

r

d

First segment

d

d/10

10 kph

Second segment

90-d

25 kph

(90-d)/25

Contents

Distance

write the equation
Write the Equation

t

r

d

First segment

d/10

d

10 kph

Second segment

(90-d)/25

90-d

25 kph

It takes two hours longer to cover the first segment of the race.

To make the two times equal, add two hours to the time it takes to cover the second segment

For example, if it takes 4 hours to cover the first segment, it will take 2 hours to cover the second segment. To make the two times equal add 2 hours to the shorter time.

d/10 =

(90-d)/25 + 2

Contents

Distance

solve the equation38
Solve the Equation

d/10 = (90-d)/25 + 2

5d = 2(90-d) + 100 Multiply by 50 to clear the fractions.

5d = 180 - 2d + 100 Use the distributive property.

7d = 280 Combine like terms.

d = 40 Use the multiplication property

Contents

Distance

answer the question asked
Answer the Question Asked

A bike race consists of two segments whose total length is 90 kilometers.

The first segment is covered at 10 kph and takes 2 hours longer to complete than the second segment, which is covered at 25 kph.

How long is each segment?

The first segment is 40 kilometers long so the second segment is 90 - 40 or 50 kilometers long.

Contents

Distance

check the answer s in the original words of the problem40
Check the answer(s) in the original words of the problem.

A bike race consists of two segments whose total length is 90 kilometers.

The first segment is covered at 10 kph and takes 2 hours longer to complete than the second segment, which is covered at 25 kph.

How long is each segment?

  • 40 km + 50 km = 90 km

Contents

Distance

geometric problems
Geometric Problems

Find the length of a rectangle whose width is 4 feet and whose area is 22 square feet.

Read the problem carefully to understand what is being asked.

Contents

identify the unknown
Identify the Unknown

Find the length of a rectangle whose width is 4 feet and whose area is 22 square feet.

x = the length of the rectangle

Contents

Geometry

draw a picture43
Draw a Picture

Width = 4 ft

Area = 24 square feet

Contents

Geometry

use the formula
Use the Formula

Find the length of a rectangle whose width is 4 feet and whose area is 22 square feet.

22

area = length times width

x

4

Contents

Geometry

solve the equation45
Solve the Equation

Contents

Geometry

slide46

Solve the Equation

Contents

Geometry

slide47

Solve the Equation

Contents

Geometry

make sure you have answered the question that was asked48
Make sure you have answered the question that was asked.

Find the length of a rectangle whose width is 4 feet and whose area is 22 square feet.

The length of the rectangle is 11/2 feet or 5.5 feet.

Contents

Geometry

check the answer in the original words of the problem
Check the answer in the original words of the problem.

Find the length of a rectangle whose width is 4 feet and whose area is 22 square feet.

area = length times width

length = 5.5 feet

22 = ( 5.5 )( 4 )

22 = 22

Contents

Geometry

consecutive integer problems
Consecutive Integer Problems

Use the hotlink, then click on c in the web page for a definition. Close the page to return to this lesson.

Read the problem carefully to understand what is being asked.

The sum of four consecutive integers is 14 less than 5 times the smallest integer. Find the four integers.

Contents

identify the unknown51
Identify the Unknown

The sum of four consecutive integers is 14 less than 5 times the smallest integer. Find the four integers.

x = the first integer

x+1= the second integer

x+2= the third integer

x+3= the fourth integer

Contents

Number

write the equation52
Write the Equation

The sum of four consecutive integers is 14 less than 5 times the smallest integer. Find the four integers.

x = the smallest integer

x+1 =the second integer

x+2 = the third integer

x+3 = the fourth integer

x

+ x + 1

+ x + 2

+ x + 3

=

5x

- 14

Contents

Number

solve the equation53
Solve the Equation

x + x + 1 + x + 2 + x + 3 = 5x – 14

4x + 6 = 5x – 14 Collect like terms

20 = x Addition Property

Contents

Number

make sure you have answered the question that was asked54
Make sure you have answered the question that was asked.

The sum of four consecutive integers is 14 less than 5 times the smallest integer. Find the four integers.

20 = x

20 is the smallest integer

21 is the second

22 is the third

23 is the fourth

Contents

Number

check the answer in the original words of the problem55
Check the answer in the original words of the problem.

The sum of four consecutive integers is 14 less than 5 times the smallest integer. Find the four integers.

20 + 21 + 22 + 23 = 5(20) – 14

86 = 100 –14

86 = 86

Contents

mixture problems
Mixture Problems

Read the problem carefully to understand what is being asked.

How many liters of pure acid should be added to 22 liters of a 30% acid solution to obtain a 45% acid solution?

Contents

identify the unknown quantity and label it using one variable draw a picture
Identify the unknown quantity and label it using one variable. Draw a picture.

22 liters of 30% acid

x liters of pure acid

(100% acid)

x + 22 liters

of 45% acid solution

Contents

Mixture

use a table to organize
Use a Table to Organize
  • Label the rows and columns.
  • Fill in the cells with the given information.

Liters of solution

% of Acid

Liters of pure acid

Pure acid

X

100%

X

30% solution

22

30%

0.3(22)

45% solution

X + 22

45%

0.45(X + 22)

Contents

Mixture

write the equation59
Write the Equation

Liters of solution

% of Acid

Liters of pure acid

Pure acid

X

100%

X

30% solution

22

30%

0.3(22)

45% solution

X + 22

45%

0.45(X + 22)

X +

0.3(22)

= 0.45(x + 22)

Contents

Mixture

solve the equation60
Solve the Equation

x +

0.3(22)

= 0.45(x + 22)

x + 6.6 = 0.45x + 9.9

0.55x = 3.3

x = 6

6 liters of pure acid should be added

Contents

Mixture

check the answer in the original words of the problem61
Check the answer in the original words of the problem.

6 +

0.3(22)

= 0.45(6 + 22)

How many liters of pure acid should be added to 22 liters of a 30% acid solution to obtain a 45% acid solution?

6 + 0.66 = 0.45(28)

12.6 = 12.6

Contents

Mixture

practice problems
Practice Problems

This lesson on solving application problems is over. Return to the Contentspage for more practice problems.

Contents

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