UK Secondary (7-11)
Problem Solving with Fractions I
Lesson

As with all problem solving situations, one of the trickiest things is 'mathematising' the question.  Mathematising is finding the mathematics within the words.

Unfortunately I can't give you any shortcuts or rules to make this easy for you, (my first suggestion is for you to practice a lot), but there are a few clues you can often find in the questions.

I'm just going to show you some questions, and circle the words where the mathematics is hiding!

Question 1

Shared equally is a clue to DIVISION. Mathematising this question gives you $\frac{3}{5}\div4$35÷​4.

Question 2

Imagine we divide the full price up into sevenths.

Then the deposit is 6 of these sevenths.