# What are the different strategies used to solve a word problem?

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Jan 15, 2015

Here's a word problem to start with.

Jane spent $42 for shoes. This was$14 less than twice what she spent for a blouse. How much was the blouse?

First, identify what the question is asking for.

Jane spent $42 for shoes. This was$14 less than twice what she spent for a blouse . How much was the blouse?

Next, identify the numbers.

Jane spent $42 for shoes. This was$14 less than twice what she spent for a blouse . How much was the blouse?

Next, identify the key words. These include add, subtract, remove, spend, earn, less, more, times, twice, half, etc.

Jane spent $42 for shoes. This was$14 less than twice what she spent for a blouse . How much was the blouse?

Finally, convert everything into an equation.

$42 = 2 \cdot \text{blouse} - 14$

Now, solve the equation.

$56 = 2 \cdot b l o u s e$

$b l o u s e = 28$

The blouse was 28 dollars.