A fan who bought my paperback on Amazon wrote this:
"While this book is geared towards the high school student trying to grapple with the complexities of math word problems, it is also a guide to the problems we face in everyday life. “What do we need?” “What do we know that will help us find what we need?” Like life, many of the answers to our questions are not immediately obvious, but by taking what we do know and manipulating that information into an equation the answers are revealed. Some of our needs are simple and the simple equation is all that is required to get what we need. Yet we all know that some of our needs and questions are not that simple and a series of steps are required to solve the puzzle. Dawn LaBuy-Brockett walks you through all the steps starting with the simple equations and taking you step-by-step to confidently address your (math) life’s more complex questions."
Word problems have been considered a nightmare by most, but the Train A and Train B problems were deemed the worst. Here are 12 problems, going from easy to difficult, along with explanations on how to approach the problems (the hardest part), and how to solve the problems. This is a great tool for students, especially aimed at passing an ACT or SAT exam. It's also a great tool for teachers. I purposely made many problems easy with the numbers, just to show students how to solve the problems. Change the numbers and you have a whole other problem, complete with arithmetic and algebra challenges.
Students need to have basic arithmetic and algebra skills to do these problems. For some problems, they will need to be able to reduce fractions or convert fractions to percentages.