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Word Problem Wednesday: Friendly Feast

Jan 10, 2018

Word Problem Wednesday: Feasting with Friends

By Marketing | Added Jan 10, 2018


The best banquet is the one you can share with your buddies! Even bare fare such as bread and butter is made better by sharing. But before you dig in, you’ll want to make sure you have enough. In this week’s math word problem challenge, Benjamin and Jerry had plenty of baguette to share between them, but just for fun, let’s figure out how much Jerry ate. Check out the challenge below and use your elementary-level fraction and multiplication skills to find the answer. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the solution! 

Challenge: Benjamin and Jerry shared a brie and butter baguette for dinner. Benjamin ate 3/10 of the baguette, and Jerry ate 2/5 of it. The uneaten part of the baguette weighs 4 1/2 ounces. How many ounces of the baguette did Jerry eat?


Ben and Jerry together eat 7/10 of the baguette (3/10 + 2/5) therefore, 3/10 of the baguette weighs 4.5 oz. To find how much bread Jerry consumed, we must find out how much 1/10 weighs. 4.5 divided by 3 is equal to 1.5; therefore, 4/10 of bread is 6 ounces. 

Jerry ate 6oz of bread.