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 For example, customers can use Circle to Search on Android to highlight a math or physics word problem, and LearnLM will help solve the question. Emilia David, The Verge, 14 May 2024 In some classrooms, cicadas will be fodder for word problems and spelling tests. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 21 May 2024 Using an Android phone or tablet, students can now use Circle to Search to get AI assistance on mathematical word problems from their homework. Umar Shakir, The Verge, 14 May 2024 Kyle Orland / Ars Technica A screenshot of a mathematical word problem from GPT-3.5. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2023 Angry people persisted longer and did better at solving word problems, for instance. Heather Lench, Scientific American, 21 Feb. 2024 Tackling harder math problems A few months before Google published its paper on chain-of-thought prompting, OpenAI released a data set of 8,500 grade-school math word problems (called GSM8K) and a paper describing a new technique for solving them. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2023 In elementary school, students may have trouble with math functions like addition and subtraction, word problems, counting money, or remembering directions. Jackie Mader, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Oct. 2023 What’s missing from Younie’s math lesson are the word problems and whiteboards that typically characterize math classes in Oregon elementary schools. oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of word problem was in 1903

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“Word problem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/word%20problem. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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