# Problems of the Week

May 4, 2020 | High Park

Happy solving this week, Mathletes! How many can you solve?

Lower Elementary:
Question: The world record for the greatest number of hula hoops spun at the same time is held by Marawa Ibrahim from Australia. She can spin 200 hula hoops at once. If Aria can spin 150 hula hoops right now, how many more does she need to spin to break the world record?

Upper Elementary:
Question: The record for the largest pizza was broken when a restaurant called NIPfood made a pizza that was 1,260 square meters in area. If that pizza were cut in half, then each piece were cut in half, then each piece were cut in half again, over and over, until the pieces had been halved 10 times, how many pieces would there be?

Middle School:
Question: There are 2,700 residents of Casey, Illinois, home of the world’s largest mailbox. The mailbox is so big that a group of people can stand inside it. If there are 135 people standing inside the mailbox, what percentage of the population of Casey is in the mailbox?

Algebra and Up:
Question: Sweet Pea the dog holds the world record for the fastest 100 meters walked with a can balanced on her head. (Seriously.) She traveled the 100 meters in 2 minutes and 55 seconds. What was Sweet Pea’s average speed measured in meters per second?

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Lower Elementary:

Solution: To get from 150 to 200 hula hoops, Aria would need 50 more. But that would only tie her with Marawa, so to break the record, Aria would need one more. 50 + 1 = 51 hula hoops.

Upper Elementary: