Word Problem Wednesday: How Fast Do Fairies Fly?

By Mathnasium | Added Nov 16, 2017


“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” 
― J.M. Barrie

You never know what you might find when you look at the world through the eyes of the imagination, but even imaginary creatures such as fairies are periodically subject to the laws of physics and mathematics. This week’s word problem challenge is this: If you were traveling to Neverland by fairy-flight, how long would it take to get there?

Question: A fairy can fly 16 miles per hour. If the fairy leaves for Neverland at 8:03 PM and gets there at 7:33 AM, then how far away is Neverland?

Take your time, use your brain, trust, and pixie dust to work out the answer, and when you’re ready, check out the solution below!

Solution: From 8:03 PM to 7:33 AM is 11½ hours. So, the fairy travels a total distance of 16 × 11½ = 16 × 11 + 16 × ½ = 176 + 8 = 184 miles.