# Word problems

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smart_10357
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I wish there were more words we could put in a one word bridge. How do I handle lengthy word problems?

Thank you, Susan

• Arithmetic sequence: nth term = Original Term + (n−1)d, where d is the constant difference between terms.
• Geometric sequence: nth term = Original Term × r<sup>(n−1)</sup>, where r is the constant ratio.
• Group Formula: Total = Group 1 + Group 2 − Both + Neither
#35896
Lindy Walton
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Hi Susan. All of these words are not part of the math. Only the words done in Nemeth Code need to be uncontracted.

I have put the "math" words in boldface, below. I have also attached a transcription of these three bulleted items.

• Arithmetic sequence: nth term = Original Term + (n−1)d, where d is the constant difference between terms.
• Geometric sequence: nth term = Original Term × r<sup>(n−1)</sup>, where r is the constant ratio.
• Group Formula: Total = Group 1 + Group 2 − Both + Neither

Let me know if I didn't understand your question.

Lindy

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#35898
smart_10357
Participant

So I guess I don't understand the meaning of one word bridge. I thought only one word could be used in a Nemeth question.

Thank you for your help.

Susan

#35906
Lindy Walton
Moderator

I am not familiar with the term "one word bridge". The single-word switch indicator was introduced in order to allow one narrative (UEB) word to come between technical material without having to terminate Nemeth Code.

For example, in "If x > y and y > z, is x > z?" the single-word switch indicator is used for the words "and" and "is". The Nemeth Code terminator is placed before the closing punctuation. I'm having trouble with the braille font, but here is the transcription in ascii:

,IF _% X .1 Y ,'& Y .1 Z, ,'IS
X .1 Z _:8

If words are actually part of the math expression, they are transcribed in Nemeth Code, without contractions. For example, in "miles/hour" the slash means "per" which requires a switch to Nemeth Code. The words "miles" and "hour" are part of the fraction. (ascii again):

_% MILES_/HOUR _:

The transcriber needs to determine whether words are part of the math or simply part of the sentence structure (UEB). Sometimes this can be tricky.

Lindy

#35911
smart_10357
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Thank you for the clarification.

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