**ERIC Number:**ED076433

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**Publication Date:**1973-Feb

**Pages:**17

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An Analysis of Arithmetic, Linguistic, and Algebraic Structural Variables That Contribute to Problem Solving Difficulty in Algebra Word Problems.

Cook, Blair

Twenty-six structural variables were defined and investigated using a set of algebraic word problems solved by 96 college students. The study attempted to identify a small independent well-defined set of arithmetic, linguistic, and algebraic structural variables which account for a maximum amount of the variance of the observed probability correct of algebra word problems. Findings showed that one linguistic variable, two algebraic variables, and three arithmetic variables entered in the first six steps of a stepwise linear regression. Five of the six variables had significant t-values at the .05 level or lower. Six structural variables defined in terms of the number of words in the largest sentence, the logical transitivity of the unknowns, the recall of formulas, the number of digits in quotients, the number of transpositions, and the type of arithmetic operations seem to account for a large amount of the variance (R squared = .80) of the observed probability correct of algebra word problems. (Author/DT)

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**Note:**Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 1973