Sender: Don Subject: problem solving Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 18:53:10 -0500 Hope you can help !!!! my daughter is in the 4th grade.. she has brought home a homework paper and the subject is problem solving. she does not understand what is expected of her. I have tried to help, but I do not understand either. She is to use the Guess and check Strategy. Ben knows 100 of his neighbors by name. Ten are fish. The rest are frogs and turtles. He knows the names of twice as many turtles as frogs. How many turtles does he know by name.? Please help by explaining the guess and check strategy for a problem like this. Hi Don, I hope I can help. The guess and check strategy is exactly what it sounds like: you make a guess and then check to see if it is a solution. The idea is that with each successive guess you get closer to an answer. First, let's look and see what we know. There are 100 neighbours, 10 are fish. We are interested in the number of turtles. We know that there are 90 turtles and frogs together. With the guess and check method, it is often helpful to set up a table or chart to record the guesses. The headings on the chart could be
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