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# Math command terms

Question | Answer |
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calculate | obtain a numerical answer showing the relevant stages in the working |

comment | give a judgement based on a given statement or result of a calculation |

compare | give an account of the similarities between 2 (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout |

compare & contrast | give an account of the similarities & differences between 2 (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout |

construct | display information in a diagrammatic or logical form |

contrast | give an account of the difference between 2 (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout |

deduce | reach a conclusion from the information given |

demonstrate | make clear by reasoning or evidence, illustrating with examples or practical application |

describe | give a detailed account |

determine | obtain the only possible answer |

differentiate | obtain the derivative of a function |

distinguish | make clear the differences between 2 or more concepts or limits |

draw | represent by means of a labelled, accurate diagram or graph, using a pencil. A ruler should be used for straight lines. Diagrams should be drawn to scale. Graphs should have points correctly plotted & joined in a straight line or smooth curve |

estimate | obtain an approximate value |

explain | give a detailed account including reasons or causes |

find | obtain an answer showing relevant stages in the working |

hence | use the preceding work to obtain the required result |

hence or otherwise | it is suggested that the preceding work is used, but other methods could also receive credit |

identify | provide an answer from a number of possibilities |

integrate | obtain the integral of a function |

interpret | use knowledge & understanding to recognize trends & draw conclusions from given information |

investigate | observe, study, or make a detailed & systematic examination, in order to establish facts & reach new conclusions |

justify | give valid reasons or evidence to support an answer or conclusion |

label | add labels to diagrams |

list | give a sequence of brief answers with no explanation |

plot | mark the position of points on a diagram |

predict | give an unexpected result |

prove | use a sequence of logical steps to obtain the required result in a formal way |

show | give the steps in a calculation or derivation |

show that | obtain the required (possibly using information given) without the formality of proof. "Show that" questions don't generally require the use of a calculator |

sketch | represent by means of a diagram or graph (labelled as appropriate). The sketch should give a general idea of the required shape or relationship, & should include relevant features |

solve | obtain the answers using algebraic &/or numerical &/or graphical methods |

state | give a specific name, value or other brief without explanation or calculation |

suggest | propose a solution, hypothesis or other possible answer |

verify | provide evidence that validates the result |

write down | obtain the answer(s) usually by extracting info. Little or no calculation is required. Work does not need to be shown |