## Make it simpler

Making a problem simpler may mean reducing large numbers to small numbers or reducing the number of items given in a problem. The simpler representation of the problem, then, may suggest what operation or process can be used to solve the more complex problem. The simpler might even reveal a pattern which can be used to solve the problem.

## Example Problem

Several soccer teams are having an end-of-the-season soccer party. The team captains are putting square tables together in a long row for the party. They can put two chairs on each side of a table. The tables are all the same size. If they put together ten tables in a row, how many people can sit down?

If you are having trouble, make the problem simpler. Start off with one table and find out how many people can sit at it. Look at the table below if you need help.

If you are having trouble, make the problem simpler. Start off with one table and find out how many people can sit at it. Look at the table below if you need help.