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Maths instruction words

Author: H Cooke (Unknown affiliation)
Description: This resource identifies the key terms used in Mathematics assignments, defining them in a way in which assists student understanding of assignment titles and questions.
Estimated activity time: 20 minutes
Type of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet
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Category: Assessment Numeracy, Maths and Statistics
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MATHS INSTRUCTION WORDS

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Adapted from Cooke, H (2003) ‘Success with Mathematics’ Routledge

Adapt indicate doing a mathematical activity and then reporting on the process
and result
Apply you must answer the question in a particular way indicated by whatever
words immediately follow each of these cueing terms
Assume you must answer the question in a particular way indicated by whatever
words immediately follow each of these cueing terms
Attach you need to provide evidence of having used something, for example a
particular software package
Calculate work out and show your working, using standard results and techniques
Compile (a table...) you must answer the question in a particular way indicated by whatever
words immediately follow each of these cueing terms
Confirm you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
Consider you must answer the question in a particular way indicated by whatever
words immediately follow each of these cueing terms
Construct indicate doing a mathematical activity and then reporting on the process
and result
Decide (if, whether...) you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
Deduce you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
Define (in terms of...) you must answer the question in a particular way indicated by whatever
words immediately follow each of these cueing terms
Demonstrate you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
Derive you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
Design you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
Determine work out and show your working, using standard results and techniques;
may also mean that you must justify each step and provide a convincing
argument
Devise indicate doing a mathematical activity and then reporting on the process
and result
Differentiate work out and show your working, using standard results and techniques
Draw you must answer the question in a particular way indicated by whatever
words immediately follow each of these cueing terms
Evaluate work out and show your working, using standard results and techniques
Expand work out and show your working, using standard results and techniques
Explain you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
Explore indicate doing a mathematical activity and then reporting on the process
and result
Express/Express briefly write down without justification ie no working need be shown
Factorise work out and show your working, using standard results and techniques
Find work out and show your working, using standard results and techniques:
may also indicate doing a mathematical activity and then reporting on
the process and result
Give write down without justification ie no working need be shown
Identify you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
Illustrate you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
Include you need to provide evidence of having used something, for example a
particular software package
Indicate you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
Integrate work out and show your working, using standard results and techniques
Investigate work out and show your working, using standard results and techniques
Justify you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
List write down without justification ie no working need be shown
Make (a table, a list...) you must answer the question in a particular way indicated by whatever
words immediately follow each of these cueing terms
Obtain indicate doing a mathematical activity and then reporting on the process
and result
Plot you must answer the question in a particular way indicated by whatever
words immediately follow each of these cueing terms
PRedict you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
Produce indicate doing a mathematical activity and then reporting on the process
and result
Prove you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
Provide you need to provide evidence of having used something, for example a
particular software package
Show you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
Simplify work out and show your working, using standard results and techniques
Sketch you must answer the question in a particular way indicated by whatever
words immediately follow each of these cueing terms
Solve work out and show your working, using standard results and techniques
Specify write down without justification ie no working need be shown
State write down without justification ie no working need be shown
Submit (a printout, a list...) you need to provide evidence of having used something, for example a
particular software package
Supply you need to provide evidence of having used something, for example a
particular software package
Suppose you must answer the question in a particular way indicated by whatever
words immediately follow each of these cueing terms
Test you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
Transform work out and show your working, using standard results and techniques
Translate indicate doing a mathematical activity and then reporting on the process
and result
Use you must answer the question in a particular way indicated by whatever
words immediately follow each of these cueing terms
Verify you must justify each step and provide a convincing argument
Write down write down without justification ie no working need be shown


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