ChatGPT handles basic math questions well, but it often struggles with more complex problems, especially when it comes to arithmetic and algebra errors. Is there a way, such as a prompt prefix, to reduce the likelihood of these basic mistakes?

It’s not really designed for math and logic; it’s primarily a text autocomplete tool, so it generates content that “looks” like an answer to your question. There are much better tools available for mathematical calculations and logic.

Try tools like WolframAlpha is a great tool for math.

it is a language model not a calculator.

Ignore those who say it’s just a language model that can’t handle math. It has clearly learned a lot about math and can reason about mathematical logic. Its capabilities seem comparable to a relatively intelligent person who has never taken a formal math class but has picked up a lot through inference. With some targeted training on grade school-level material, I believe it could perform very well in the near future.

You can help ChatGPT improve its math skills by making your questions very clear and using terms like “Solve” or “Calculate” before your query. Additionally, breaking down complex problems into smaller steps can help ChatGPT provide more accurate answers.