Word problems are mathematical exercises presented in the form of a story or scenario. They require students to apply their understanding of mathematical concepts to real-life situations.

**Read the problem:**Understand the scenario and identify the key information given.**Identify the question:**Determine what the problem is asking you to solve.**Translate into a mathematical equation:**Use the given information to set up an equation or inequality.**Solve the equation:**Apply the appropriate mathematical operations to find the solution.**Check your answer:**Ensure that the solution makes sense in the context of the problem.

Word problems can cover a wide range of mathematical topics, including:

- Basic arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
- Ratio and proportion
- Percentages
- Algebraic equations
- Geometry

**Underline key information:**Mark important numbers and details in the problem statement.**Use diagrams or visual aids:**For geometry or spatial reasoning problems, sketching a diagram can help clarify the situation.**Work systematically:**Break down the problem into smaller steps and solve methodically.**Translate words into math:**Pay attention to keywords such as "sum," "difference," "product," and "quotient" to understand which operation to use.

Here are some sample word problems for practice:

- Sara has 3 times as many apples as Tom. If Tom has 5 apples, how many apples do they have in total?
- A rectangle has a length of 8 cm and a width of 5 cm. What is the area of the rectangle?
- If 30% of a number is 45, what is the number?

Word problems are a practical application of mathematical concepts and require critical thinking skills to solve. By practicing regularly and understanding the key steps, students can become proficient in solving word problems across various mathematical topics.

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Algebra (NCTM)

Represent and analyze mathematical situations and structures using algebraic symbols.

Develop an initial conceptual understanding of different uses of variables.

Use symbolic algebra to represent situations and to solve problems, especially those that involve linear relationships.

Recognize and generate equivalent forms for simple algebraic expressions and solve linear equations

Grade 7 Curriculum Focal Points (NCTM)

Number and Operations and Algebra: Developing an understanding of operations on all rational numbers and solving linear equations

Students extend understandings of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, together with their properties, to all rational numbers, including negative integers. By applying properties of arithmetic and considering negative numbers in everyday contexts (e.g., situations of owing money or measuring elevations above and below sea level), students explain why the rules for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with negative numbers make sense. They use the arithmetic of rational numbers as they formulate and solve linear equations in one variable and use these equations to solve problems. Students make strategic choices of procedures to solve linear equations in one variable and implement them efficiently, understanding that when they use the properties of equality to express an equation in a new way, solutions that they obtain for the new equation also solve the original equation.