Word Problems Forum

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I would like to post lots of word problems covering prealgebra through precalculus as extra practice for members. By doing so, members do not have to search online for questions to work on.

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1. Why not make a forum here SPECIFICALLY for word problems?

2. If this sounds like a good idea, where can I post my word problems?

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The fundamental issue is “why not other problems?” Curating problem sets would be a change in direction for the site and would probably overwhelm the moderators.

At the end of the day, it is up to our dear leader @Greg Bernhardt
 
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Comment 1: "I need my very own section!" Indeed.
Comment 2: It's about quality more than quantity. You will get more out of it if you put more into it.
 
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I vote no.
 
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What about:

Must be essential (8, 8)

I anti-disestablish, you anti-disestablish, he/she/it anti-disestablishes ... (7, 11)

Pessimistic and more insensitive (8, 6)

The answers are all things to do with mathematics.
 
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What about:

Must be essential? (8, 8)

I anti-disestablish, you anti-disestablish, he/she/it anti-disestablishes ... (7, 11)

Pessimistic and more insensitive (8, 6)

The answers are all things to do with mathematics.
I have no idea what you are trying to say.
 
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I have no idea what you are trying to say.
These are cryptic, crossword clues. Not for the literal minded!
 
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I have no idea what you are trying to say.
It's a math puzzle, and I'm failing so far. Give me a minute...
 
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These are cryptic, crossword clues. Not for the literal minded!
Doh! o0)
 
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Comment 3: Dividing problems up by "word" and "not-so-word" makes much less sense than dividing them by topic.
Comment 4: Is this a word problem? "Show that at least one element of a Pythagorean triple is divisible by 4." Is this? "Walter walks into a bar, and is told he can get a free beer if at least one element of a Pythagorean triple is divisible by 4. Does he get a free beer? Why or why not?"
Comment 5: We just went through a long thread where you claimed that your difficulty with word problems wasn't on you - no, it was entirely the fault of the writers of these problems. Given this premise (which I don't think has merit), what would be the point of such a section?
 
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I anti-disestablish, you anti-disestablish, he/she/it anti-disestablishes ... (7, 11)
You can have a star for that one.
 
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This won't work. There have been four major events in the last century which changed our acceptability fundamentally

1934 - N. Bourbaki
1981 - MTV
1984 - LaTeX
1992 - Html

and notably from reading stuff into visualizing content in less and less time.

People nowadays are more than ever used to veni, vidi, vici. They expect to see what it is all about rather than reading long texts and filtering the relevant information on their own. I even refuse to comment on uploaded pictures, that have often to be remastered: download, orientation, zoom, contrast, decoding unreadable handwriting - neither of which I want to do. LaTeX is also important because it allows getting the crucial information at one glimpse and avoids the confusion linear notation usually envokes.
Comment 2: It's about quality more than quantity. You will get more out of it if you put more into it.
is the crucial point, or as I like to take it:

Comment 3 6: Why should I put more effort in an answer than a student put in his question?
 
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1934 - N. Bourbaki
1981 - MTV
1984 - LaTeX
1992 - Html
While I am not a fan of Bourbaki style, I would not have described it as negative to civilization.
 
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Pessimistic and more insensitive (8, 6)
I might give that one a star too, but I realized it wouldn't change anything.
 
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While I am not a fan of Bourbaki style, I would not have described it as negative to civilization.
Have I? I don't think so.
 
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Have I? I don't think so.
MTV killed albums.
Latex does not save time (20 fast drafts instead of two slow ones) and since authors are now doing typesetting promotes the proliferation of publications.
Html enabled the countless pathologies of the internet.
Boubaki (please fill in)
 
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MTV killed albums.
Latex does not save time (20 fast drafts instead of two slow ones) and since authors are now doing typesetting promotes the proliferation of publications.
Html enabled the countless pathologies of the internet.
Boubaki (please fill in)
I could answer with a list of positive consequences of each, and those were the ones I had in mind. I appreciate every single one of them. However, this might be a little too off-topic.
 
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The fundamental issue is “why not other problems?” Curating problem sets would be a change in direction for the site and would probably overwhelm the moderators.

At the end of the day, it is up to our dear leader @Greg Bernhardt
Ok. It was just an idea.
 
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Comment 1: "I need my very own section!" Indeed.
Comment 2: It's about quality more than quantity. You will get more out of it if you put more into it.
It was just an idea.
 
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What about:

Must be essential (8, 8)

I anti-disestablish, you anti-disestablish, he/she/it anti-disestablishes ... (7, 11)

Pessimistic and more insensitive (8, 6)

The answers are all things to do with mathematics.
English, please?
 
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English, please?
That is English. @Ibix has solved two of them.

Hint for the middle one: what do you call it when you run through the different forms of a verb like that?
 
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That is English. @Ibix has solved two of them.

Hint for the middle one: what do you call it when you run through the different forms of a verb like that?
Here's a better one:

Why did George Washington cross the Delaware River?

[Post edited by a Mentor to remove all caps (yelling)]
 
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Here's a better one:

Why did George Washington cross the Delaware River?

[Post edited by a Mentor to remove all caps (yelling)]
To get to the other side?
 
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Here's another one for anyone who is still interested:

Dinosaur searches for food? (6, 5)
 
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To get to the other side?
Bingo!

Now, answer my word problems thread.
 
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Now, answer my word problems thread please.
There, I fixed it for you. :wink:
 
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I think the thread has run its course and it's time to close it.
 
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