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Word Problem Wednesday: Turtle Math

Dec 13, 2017

Word Problem Wednesday: Sea Turtles!


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 skills out of their shells and give our sea turtle word problem a shot! Check below for the solution!

A baby green sea turtle weighs 4 ounces. A fully grown green sea turtle weighs 350 pounds. How many times heavier is the fully grown green sea turtle than the baby green sea turtle?

Check below for answer:

A pound is 16 ounces, so 16 ÷ 4 = 4 baby sea turtles weigh a pound. Since 4 babies weigh the same as each pound of fully grown turtle, that means that the whole fully grown turtle weighs as much as 350 × 4 = 1,400 baby turtles. It’s 1,400 times heavier.