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Problem Solving

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Use multistep strategies to solve a problem, such as the following:
— Drawing auxiliary lines
— Breaking a larger problem down to smaller components

SKILL 2: Solve multistep nonroutine problems (e.g., by trial and error)

SKILL 3: Solve multistep geometry problems involving the following:
— Angle measures and relationships
— Triangles

  1. 1

    Use multistep strategies to solve a problem, such as the following: Drawing auxiliary lines

    Example

    Trapezoid

    What is the perimeter of the trapezoid above ?

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  2. 2

    Use multistep strategies to solve a problem, such as the following: Breaking a larger problem down to smaller components

    Example

    The members of the graduating class at Grant High School arranged themselves in 8 rows with the same number of students in each row. When they rearranged themselves into 9 rows, there were 3 fewer members in each row than there were before. How many members are there in the class?

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  3. 3

    Solve multistep nonroutine problems (e.g., by trial and error)

    Example

    Each time Shannon pushes the button on a machine, a bell rings 7 times. Each time she turns the switch on the machine, the bell rings 3 times. During one hour, Shannon caused the bell on the machine to ring 23 times. How many times did she push the button?

  4. 4

    Solve multistep geometry problems involving the following: Angle measures and relationships

    Example

    Figure

    In the figure above, point B lies on side line AC. If 55 less than x less than 60, what is one possible value of y?

  5. 5

    Use multistep strategies to solve a problem, such as the following: Triangles

    Example

    The measures of the angles of a triangle are x degrees, (2 times x) degrees, and (6 times x) degrees. What is the degree measure of the largest angle? (Disregard the degree symbol when gridding your answer.)

Skills needed to score in the next band

Solve problems using multiple strategies, including the following:
— Visualization
— Estimation skills
— Recognizing relevant information
— Function notation

Use insight in solving nonroutine geometric problems involving the following:
— Triangles
— Patterns
— Perimeter
— The Pythagorean Theorem
— Properties of circles

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