word problem


Definition of word problem

: a mathematical problem expressed entirely in words typically used as an educational tool

Examples of word problem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Putting the building back to good use, though, is much more complicated than answering a word problem. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 20 May 2021 Measuring the availability of iron in your diet is like the dreaded word problem in high school math, spun out by the teacher who never liked you. Sharman Apt Russell, Scientific American, 20 May 2021 In a moment perhaps intended as both cheeky commentary and scene setting, a student gets frustrated with a math teacher because a word problem centers on cisgender characters. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 11 Mar. 2021 This was not true for the word problem portion of our test. Sian Beilock, Quartz, 19 Feb. 2020 Our children are being locked in small, overcrowded rooms for several hours each day, forced to solve complicated word problems of no practical value. Alex Baia Thatcher Jensen, The New Yorker, 7 June 2019 Placement tests also aren’t perfect, because reading passages and word problems may reference subjects some students aren’t familiar with, while other students may underperform because of nerves, Zaback said. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, 12 Aug. 2019 The math section is made up of multiple-choice word problems, as well as computational questions. Tyler Blint-welsh, New York Times, 21 June 2018 Gone are the days of apples and oranges — the word problems on a recent middle school math test used cocaine, ammunition and tricks for arithmetic practice. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 2 June 2016

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First Known Use of word problem

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Word problem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/word%20problem. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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