- We all frequently perform calculations in our daily life.
- For example, we calculate our daily expenditure, find the increase or decrease in temperature, calculate distance traveled by us etc.
- So, in order to solve real life problems, we need to identify what kind of operations are to be performed and where.
- Using some keywords we can figure out that addition has to be performed in the given word problem.
- Few of them are given below.

If a problem asks for any of the following:

(i) **Total**

(ii) **In all**

(iii) **How many**

and some specific words are used to show an increase in the quantity, like

**Extra**

**More**

**Added**

Then there is a chance for addition in that problem.

**For example:**

- Arthus has 9 candies. He gets 6
**more**from Clark.**How many**candies does Arthus have**in all**?

In the given example, '**more**' word represents an increase in the number of candies and '**in all**' helps to identify that addition is to be done.

2.There are 3 marbles. 7 **more **marbles are being** added.** **How many** are there in **total**?

In the given example, '**more**' word represents an increase in the number of marbles and **how many** in **total** helps to identify that addition has to be done.

- To figure out that subtraction is to be done in the given word problem, some identifying keywords can be used.
- Few of them are given below.

If a problem asks for any of the following:

(i) **How many are left**

(ii)** How many does he/she end with**

(iii)** How many more**

and some specific words are used to show a decrease in the quantity like

**Takes **

**Removes **

**Gives**

**Shares**

Then there is a chance for subtraction in that problem.

**For example:**

- There are 97 bananas in a box. Karen
**takes**43 bananas.**How many are left**?

In the given example, '**takes**' word represents a decrease in the number of bananas and '**How many are left**' helps to identify that the given problem is of subtraction.

2. Kelly has 57 tickets. She **gives** 15 to Nicole. **How many tickets does Kelly end with**?

In the given example, '**gives**' word represents decrease in the number of tickets and '**How many does Kelly end with**' helps to identify that the given problem is of subtraction.

- If a problem asks for comparison between two values, then there is a chance for subtraction in that problem.

**For example**:

- Brenda weighs 88 pounds. Doris weighs 63 pounds. By how much does Brenda weigh more than Doris?

In the given example, 'than' word represents comparison between two values, so there is a chance for subtraction in this problem.

- To figure out that multiplication is to be done in a given word problem, a simple logic can be used.

"If value of single unit is given and problem asks for the value of more than one unit, then multiplication is used"

**For example**:

- Ellen went to a garage sale to buy chairs. Cost of each chair was 15 dollars and she bought 12. How much money did Ellen spend?
- In the given example, cost of one chair is given and we have been asked to calculate the cost of 12 chairs.
- To calculate the cost of 12 chairs, we will multiply the cost of one chair by 12.

- To figure out that division is to be done in a given word problem, a simple logic can be used.

"If value of more than one unit is given and the problem asks for value of a single (each) unit, then division is to be done."

**For example**:

- 88 cookies are being shared equally among 4 people. How many does each person get ?
- In the given example, total number of cookies is given and we have to calculate each person's share.
- To calculate number of cookies shared by each person we will divide the total number of cookies by 4.