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Word Problem Wednesday: Travel with Math

Nov 1, 2017


Even on vacation, math skills come in handy! When you’re budgeting for a trip, it’s important to know how much money you’ll need to allow for gas. This week’s word problem challenge will “fuel” your practical math skills and give you the “drive” you need to get to the next level!

Don’t forget to check back on Sunday for the solution.


Question: A family is driving 40 miles from their home in Boulder, Colorado, to a resort in the mountains. They use 3 gallons of gas to get there. How many miles do they travel for each gallon of gas?


Answer: 9 pages
Solution: Since the writer types 36 words per minute and there are 240 words on a page, that means he types 36/240 = 3/20 of a page per minute. So, in an hour, he types 3/20 × 60 = 180/20 = 9 pages per hour.