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# Math command terms

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
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
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