These lessons will illustrate how word problems can be solved using block diagrams. Students who have not yet learned algebra can use the block diagrams or tape diagrams to help them visualize the problems in terms of the information given and the data to be found. This allows the student to decide which operators to use: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication or Division. Block diagrams or tape diagrams are used in Singapore Math and Common Core Math.
For students who already know algebra, we have organized a section for solving word problems using algebra.
In addition to block diagrams and algebra, we also have a section that uses other types of problem solving strategies.
Some of these lessons and videos show how to use the block diagrams (Singapore Math) method to solve word problems. The blocks can assist the students in visualizing and solving the word problems without using algebra.
The following are worked solutions and videos showing how to solve the types of algebra word problems that are commonly given in classrooms and textbooks. We hope that these samples will help you see how to approach the different types of algebra word problems.
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