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How to Set Up a Problem
In applications, a calculus problem is often presented verbally, and it is up to you to set up the problem in mathematical terms. The problem can usually be described mathematically by a list of equations and inequalities. The next two sections contain several examples that illustrate the process of setting up a problem. The examples in this section are from algebra and geometry, and those in the next section are from calculus. It is sometimes hard to see how to begin on a story problem. It is helpful to break the process up into three steps:


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