**PROBLEM SOLVING: ****A Student’s Guide**

**This set of rules will get you through even the longest assignment in the minimum time with little or no thinking. **

**Rule 1**

If at all possible, avoid reading the problem. Reading the problem only consumes time and causes confusion.

**Rule 2**

Extract the numbers from the problem in the order in which they appear. Pay no attention for numbers written in words.

**Rule 3**

If rule 2 yields three or more numbers, the best bet for getting the answer is adding them together.

**Rule 4**

If there are only two numbers which are approximately the same size, then subtraction should give the best results.

**Rule 5**

If there are only two numbers in the problem and one is much smaller than the other, then divide if it goes evenly-otherwise, multiply.

**Rule 6**

If the problem seems like it calls for a formula, pick a formula that has enough letters to use all the numbers given in the problem.

**Rule 7**

Never, never spend too much time solving problems.

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