What is it with story a.k.a. word problems?! It is one thing to stare at some equation and try to work through it, now you’re asking me to come up with the equation and then work through it! Ugh! Can’t we just study math without having to extract it?! Hmm, how many times in life have equations or formula just been presented to you in real life situations? Sorry – they just aren’t floating around waiting to be solved.