Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Reasoning for Solving Kinematics Word Problems

Abraham, Savitha Sam (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras) | Sundaram, Sowmya S. (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras)

AAAI Conferences 

This paper describes a system that combines qualitative and quantitative reasoning to solve kinematics word problems that are expressed in a simplified form of English. Such an integrated approach is useful in identifying the equations required to solve the problem and to infer certain implicit details in the problem scenario. The system also generates self-explanatory solutions that can assist a student in mastering the concept involved. We created a dataset of 30 problems from this domain. Such word problems have not been addressed in recent times.