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Problem solving using mathematics

STEP 1: Identify the request.
What does the problem ask for?
STEP 2: Respond to the request.
Ask " How Would I Find Out ? "
STEP 3: Generate the result.
Ask "What does the result tell me?"
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problem solving using suremath
problem solving using suremath
problem solving using suremath

Use simple problems like this to build the habits and skills needed for reliable problem solving using mathematics as a language. Non-mathematical solutions can be seen by clicking on the colored links at the end of the problem presentation.
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This problem is adapted from Van De Walle, John (1994), Elementary School Mathematics (2nd Ed.), NY: Longman, pages 40 - 41


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