I should say that plugging in values isn't always necessary.
For example, we don’t actually have numerical values to use in our problem.
Which makes sense since our equation was only intended to be used to tell our computer how to convert from total weight to total number of dog toys—we weren’t actually looking for a specific answer to a specific problem.
Slow down and take a minute to think about your result.
In particular, we're going to talk about how to turn a word problem into an algebraic equation and then solve it.. Being quite clever, you suspect that the cat is the culprit, so you begin to monitor his favorite hiding spot: the pile of towels next to his bed.
But (perhaps being a little too clever for your own good) instead of constantly checking this spot, you decide that you'd like to rig up an ingenious system to automatically report to you exactly how many toys are missing.
“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes”, says American industrialist Henry Kaiser.
According to Concise Oxford Dictionary (1995), a problem is “ doubtful or difficult matter requiring a solution” and “something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with.” Such situations are at the center of what many people do at work every day.
Case study 1: According to Real Time Economics, there are industries that have genuinely evolved, with more roles for people with analytical and problem-solving skills.
In healthcare, for example, a regulatory change requiring the digitization of health records has led to greater demand for medical records technicians.