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SOLVING PROBLEMS

Premiere Date:Thursday, May 05, 2005

The topic of this episode is solving problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Problem solving is the ability to make careful choices, such as how much, how many or is there a better way to do something. Frustration can arise if a person faces a problem but doesn't know how to solve it. The program recommends the following steps: understand the problem; gather the facts; set up the problem; estimate what the outcome should be; work the mathematics and check the answer. Estimates are also very useful in problem solving and examples are supplied. The documentary segments look at workers in a bakery, people dealing with wildlife, musicians, and people in a shipping department. The dramatic segments present two scenarios. One deals with a bookstore employee trying to buy velvet ribbon to make bookmarks with a fixed amount of money. The second story line deals with a restaurant manager affording an order of strawberries needed by the chef.

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