Definition of word problem in English:

word problem

Syllabification: word prob·lem


  • A mathematics exercise presented in the form of a hypothetical situation that requires an equation to be solved; for example, “if George earns a salary of $18,500 and 28% of it is deducted in taxes, how much take-home pay remains?”.
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    • Some groups of students respond differently to a word problem's context.
    • This is a word problem whose solution includes solving a system of two linear equations.
    • That same day, I raised my hand when my trigonometry teacher asked the class for a volunteer to go up to the board and explain a word problem that most of the class had difficulty understanding.

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