Story problems, word problems -- whatever they're called, most people fear them!
But you don't have to. Ultimately, all applied mathematics is about word problems. And we just
call them problems:
How much carpet do I need?
How far can I drive before I should fill the gas tank?
How safe is laser eye surgery?
Like all learning, we start with the obvious and move to the complex. Get your style perfect in the
simple problems and the hard problems will become much simpler.