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Word Problem Wednesday: The Birthday Candle Challenge

Dec 26, 2018

🎵 Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you... 🎵

How old is Barb? Sometimes it’s just not proper to ask someone how old they are. Luckily, we have birthday cakes specifically designed to let you know how old someone is...with candles! You don’t have to go to a math tutor center to count candles, but we think it’s more fun to serve a little challenge along with your birthday cake.

Take a look at this week’s word problem challenge. You’ll need to use your elementary math skills such as fractions, decimals, addition, subtraction and multiplication. Take your time working it out. And be sure to check back tomorrow for the solution! 

🎂 Question: Barb’s birthday cake has 1 more candle than the number of years she has been alive. If 1/2 of the candles are blue, 1/3 of the candles are green, and the remaining 4 candles are yellow, then how old is Barb?


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