Substituting Simpler Values

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Are complicated values confusing you? Do fractions, variables or scientific notation intimidate you? Learn to substitute simpler values in order to make sense of word problems featuring complex values.

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Do you get overwhelmed when faced with ugly numbers? Try replacing fractions, decimals, scientific notation, or variables with simple numbers that do make sense to you. Make a plan- what would you do to solve the problem if it did involve simpler values. Now substitute back in those complex values and follow your plan.

Watch the Virtual GED Class video below for a complete explanation and tons of worked example problems. Refer to your GED Formula sheet and print out these example problems to follow along with the video.


Word Problems With Decimals, Fractions, and Integers


Practice substituting simpler values for decimals, fractions, and integers.

Writing Algebraic Expressions


Practice substituting simpler values for variables.

Making Sense of Very Large and Very Small Numbers


Practice substituting simpler values for very large and very small numbers including scientific notation.