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Story Problems – What Good Are They?. The manager of a specialty food store combined almonds that cost $4.50 per pound with walnuts that cost $2.50 per pound. How many pounds of each were used to make a 100-pound mixture that costs $3.24  per pound? 

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Story Problems – What Good Are They?

The manager of a specialty food store combined almonds that cost $4.50 per pound with walnuts that cost $2.50 per pound. How many pounds of each were used to make a 100-pound mixture that costs $3.24  per pound? 

From Algebra: Introductory and Intermediate by Aufmann, Barker, and Lockwood, 3rd Edition

What Benefits Do You Get From Learning

This? Choose 1 Answer Below.

  • Frustration
  • Adversity
  • A Problem Without a step-by-step procedure
  • All of the above
  • None of the above
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Answer: D) All of the above

Frustration and adversity in solving problems that are not cookie-cutter type step-by-step problems are essential in a good education. In this MAA Statement, they conclude

. . . the best mathematics preparation for college is continuous coursework throughout high school that fosters a strong background in algebra and geometry, and brings an ability to solve multi-step "word problems" and an open and positive attitude towards problem solving in general.

For more information on this, see

http://www.mathmotivation.com/deductive/word-problems.html

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