Substituting Simpler Values
Swap It Out
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.
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.