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Word Problem Wednesday: The Olympics!

Aug 17, 2016

We're right in the thick of Olympics fever! As you root for your favorites, take a quick math minute to solve this week's installment of Word Problem Wednesday. We'll update with the answer tomorrow. It takes an Olympic canoe paddler 1 minute a...



Word Problem Wednesday: Number Sense and Fruit!

Aug 24, 2016

It's another Word Problem Wednesday, and we're back with a sweet little word problem designed to test your number sense! Solve today's word problem and check back tomorrow for the answer. A bunch of bananas and a cantaloupe together weigh 6 pou...



Word Problem Wednesday: A Back-to-School Calculator Bargain!

Aug 31, 2016

Greetings, problem solvers! It's another Word Problem Wednesday, and this one is for all of you who love a back-to-school bargain. Give our word problem a shot and check back tomorrow for the answer! The sticker price of a calculator is $16.00....



Word Problem Wednesday: Quack!

Sep 7, 2016

This Word Problem Wednesday is quack-tastic, to say the least! Try solving our word problem; we'll update with the answer tomorrow. Three bunches of grapes are enough to feed 8 adult ducks or 16 ducklings. How many bunches of grapes are needed ...



Word Problem Wednesday: Sea Turtles!

Sep 14, 2016

Image: By Manuel Heinrich Emha (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 or CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons Here's a fun fact for you on this fine Word Problem Wednesday: Some of the largest creatures on Earth start out very, very teeny tiny! Pry your math...



Word Problem Wednesday: A Very Unusual Spider!

Sep 21, 2016

Image: By Adam Hammond [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons On this Word Problem Wednesday, the spotlight's on a cute little desert arachnid that's a little more roly-poly than creepy crawly! The golden wheel spider gets around in a rather unorth...



Word Problem Wednesday: Toucans!

Sep 28, 2016

By Brian Gratwicke (originally posted to Flickr as Keel-billed toucan) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons The Mathnasium word problem menagerie is getting bigger and bigger, and this week, we're all about a beautiful tropical bird with a formid...



TriMathlon Warm-Up Wednesday Giveaway: The Counting Game

Oct 5, 2016

We can't wait for Mathnasium’s Annual TriMathlon—our fun, free community math competition for students in grades 2 through 5! Hosted at participating centers on November 5 and 6, the TriMathlon also presents a fantastic opportunity to support your...



TriMathlon Warm-Up Wednesday: Magic Squares

Oct 12, 2016

It’s another TriMathlon Warm-Up Wednesday! This week, we’re exploring another TriMathlon challenge: Magic Squares! Magic Squares is all about mathematical creativity—create your own number sentence using the given selection of numbers in the Magic...



TriMathlon Warm-Up Wednesday: Mental Math Workout

Oct 19, 2016

Hi there, problem solvers! Our countdown to our Annual TriMathlon continues with the third installment of our TriMathlon Warm-Up Wednesday Word Problem Giveaway. How would you solve this week's word problem? Email ilovemath@mathnasium.com by Octob...



TriMathlon Warm-Up Wednesday: Timeliness!

Oct 26, 2016

Greetings, problem solvers, and welcome to our fourth and final TriMathlon Warm-Up Wednesday! Email ilovemath@mathnasium.com by October 30 with your solution to this and our other Warm-Up Wednesday challenges (The Counting Game, Magic Squares, and...



Word Problem Wednesday: A Bicycle Word Problem!

Nov 16, 2016

Zoom zoom! We're back with another installment of Word Problem Wednesday! Solve our bicycle-themed word problem below and check back tomorrow for the answer! Isabel has a bicycle with wheels that measure 28 inches in diameter. How far will the ...



Word Problem Wednesday: Gobble Gobble!

Nov 23, 2016

Image: "Thanksgiving Turkey" by Ruocaled is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Gobble gobble! It's Word Problem Wednesday AND Thanksgiving Eve, so we're celebrating with a word problem in tribute to the classic Thanksgiving staple. Solve our Turkey Day w...



Word Problem Wednesday: A Sweet Holiday Treat!

Nov 30, 2016

Holiday spirit is in the air, and one of our favorite festive traditions is making homemade sweet treats to share with our friends! Of course, with much kitchen wizardry comes much math, which is our inspiration for this week's installment of Word...



Word Problem Wednesday: Ants!

Dec 7, 2016

For this installment of Word Problem Wednesday, we're challenging you to use your high school geometry knowledge to solve a creepy crawly word problem! Give it a try and check back tomorrow for the answer. Believe it or not, ants use math to ge...



Word Problem Wednesday: Space!

Dec 14, 2016

On Word Problem Wednesday, we're looking up toward the stars... and beyond! Solve our space shuttle word problem and check back tomorrow for the answer! A space shuttle has 1 large fuel tank and 3 small fuel tanks. The tanks are filled with 600...



Word Problem Wednesday: Christmas!

Dec 21, 2016

Ho, Ho, Ho! On this Word Problem Wednesday, we've prepared a very special word problem for those of you who are gearing up for Christmas celebrations this weekend! Solve our word problem and check back tomorrow for the answer. Rachel the Christ...



Word Problem Wednesday: Travels and Time Zones!

Jan 4, 2017

Happy New Year! On the first Word Problem Wednesday of 2017, we're shouting out to all of you who had a great time traveling with family over the holidays. Solve this week's word problem and check back tomorrow for the answer. Paolo takes a pla...



Word Problem Wednesday: The School Choir

Jan 11, 2017

Image: By Stilfehler (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons This week's installment of Word Problem Wednesday celebrates all of you who have been inspired to raise funds for a cause! Solve our word problem about a very enterpr...



Word Problem Wednesday: Marbles

Jan 18, 2017

Image: Joe Mabel [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons We're feeling a bit nostalgic on this Word Problem Wednesday and celebrating one of our favorite classic toys! Try answering our word problem about marbles—we'll update with the sol...


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