Put on your running shoes and your thinking caps mathletes, because this week’s word problem is a real mental workout! But wait, don’t run away! Use your everyday math skills to figure out this challenge, and remember to take your time and don’t rush… Slow and steady wins the race!
It takes Evelyn 8 minutes to jog all the way around a circular path. If Evelyn starts at 6:35 AM and jogs around the path exactly 8 times, what time will it be when she’s done?
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Solution: Eight minutes, 8 times is 8 × 8 = 64 minutes. There are 60 minutes in an hour, so Evelyn jogs for 1 hour and 4 minutes because 64 minutes – 60 minutes (1 hour) = 4 minutes. One hour after 6:35 AM is 7:35 AM, and 4 minutes after that is 7:39 AM.