Tutoring for math is no game for us — but we do think it should be fun! Don’t pawn it off on someone else, check out this word problem today, mate! We promise you won’t be “board”.
This week’s word problem asks students to show off their elementary level math skills such as multiplication, division, fractions and percents. Don’t be afraid to make a move, we know you can do it!
Question: Mr. Brown teaches 6th grade math and runs the chess club. 75% of the students in his chess club are also in his math class. The other 8 students in the chess club have a different math teacher. How many students are there in the chess club?
Take your time and think about how to solve it. When you're ready, look below to compare your solution to ours.
Solution: If 75% of the students are in Mr. Brown’s math class, that means that 25% are not. We know that 8 is 25%, or one quarter of the total number of students, so the total must be 8 × 4 = 32 students.
If you’re looking for a tutor for math, you don’t have to look far! Mathnasium’s math learning centers are located here on Earth, but today’s word problem challenge is out of this world!
This celestial-themed question gives students the opportunity to practice elementary school math skills such as number lines, addition, subtraction, tens, hundreds, and thousands. So put your moon-walk in high gear and check out the word problem below!
Question: The Moon is 3,500 kilometers wide. The Earth is 12,700 kilometers wide. How many kilometers wider is the Earth than the Moon?
Take your time working it out. We know you can do it! When you're ready, look below to check your solution against ours.
Solution: To solve the problem, we want to set up a vertical equation, start at the ones place, and move left. We know that 0 – 0 = 0, so we can fill in the ones and tens places and move on to the hundreds. 7 hundred minus 5 hundred is 2 hundred, and 12 thousand minus 3 thousand is 9 thousand. Altogether, that makes 9,200 km.
Studies have shown that math and music go hand in hand. In fact, getting tutoring for math can bolster music studies, and vice-versa. So what better way is there for a kids math program to teach math than with a music-themed word problem?
Students can practice their elementary level math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and more with today’s word problem challenge. Take a look at the question below, and take your time working it out. We know you can do it!
Question: An orchestra has 12 first violins, 10 second violins, 8 violas, 8 cellos, and 6 double basses. Each instrument has 4 strings. How many strings are there in the full orchestra?
When you’re ready, look below to check your solution against ours.
Solution: There are 12 + 10 + 8 + 8 + 6 = 44 instruments in the orchestra. If each instrument has 4 strings, then there are 44 × 4 = 176 strings.
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