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 Beverly Mackie BellaOnline's Math Editor

How to Work Word Problems - Book Review

Math Word Problems
Publisher: Learning Express, LLC, New York, 2008

Many students do not like Math word problems. They cannot seem to translate words into the language of math. Yet, there are many opinions on how to work word problems. Learning Express does a thorough job of getting their point across and is worth reading.

Brief Description: Math Word Problems addresses how to approach word problems and how to apply their eight step approach to word problems in Algebra, Geometry, and a few other trouble areas in math. The intent of this text is not to teach any math topic from scratch but to teach you how to turn words into number sentences.

*Introduction
*Pretest
*Keywords of Word Problems
*Breaking Down Word Problems
*Using Pictures, Tables, and Venn Diagrams
*Word Problem Pitfalls
*Multi-step Problems
*Fractions, Percents, and Decimals
*Ratios and Percents
*Statistics and Probability
*Formulas and Mixtures
*Geometry
*Posttest
*Glossary

Features I like:
The answers to the practice problems are at the end of the chapter instead of the back of the book. In fact, the answers are accompanied with explanations!

Each chapter has several information boxes in common. There are about five of them, but the ones I like the most are the Fuel for Thought, Inside Track, and Caution boxes.
In spite of a glossary at the back of the book, The Fuel for Thought defines new terms as they are introduced. The Inside Track shares alternative methods to solve a problem, tips and interesting tidbits. The Caution box makes readers aware of common mistakes.

To Be Desired:
Ideally, I would have wanted to see more pictures and diagrams included in the Geometry chapter. However, I must say that the explanations were longer.