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Science Sampler: Using the IFSMU method to solve mathematical word problems

Science Scope—December 2007

The author’s experience with middle school learners has taught him that they need structure with the steps in solving mathematical word problems. They need a tool they can rely on if all else fails. As a result, he devised a method called IFSMU, a five-step process that deals more with the mechanics of solving the problem than with the algebra involved.
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