## Use or Make a Table

A table is an orderly arrangement of data, such as numbers. Problem solvers find that making tables helps them keep track of data, spot missing data, and identify data that is asked for in the problem. Because patterns often become obvious when data is organized in a table, this strategy is often used in conjunction with other strategies.

## Example Problem

Melody and Mandy are circus elephants. They always lead the circus parade. Melody is 4 years old and Mandy is 13 years old. When will Mandy be twice as old as Melody?

If you are having trouble, look at the table below.

If you are having trouble, look at the table below.