Important academic words in math
These important academic words in math appear often in textbooks and on tests. Although these words are not technically math vocabulary terms, they are important for students to know and understand in order to be successful in math.
Academic word
Explain

Meaning
To give the reasoning for an answer. You may need to explain your reasoning after a "yes" or "no" or a " true" or "false". For most questions, "yes" or "no" is only part of the correct answer.

Determine whether

This is another form of a "yes" or "no" question. After you answer the math question, you must show the process that led to your answer or you you must support your answer with evidence or reasons

Describe

To write about a math related question so that the reader can comprehend it or visualize it

Define

To give the meaning of a math word. TO tell what a variable such as x, y, etc... stands for in order to model word problem.

Demonstrate

To prove or show clearly with the use of logic.


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