Word Problem Wednesday: Measurement and Conversion Math is Spot-On!

May 30, 2018 | Cary Park

Get ready mathletes, because this week’s word problem is dog-gone grrrreat! We make no bones about it, solving this challenge will help you brush up on your measurement and conversion, as well as other elementary school math skills such as multiplication, division, fractions, and more. Put your paws together and let’s get going!

Challenge: Spot the dog can jump 3¾ feet into the air. Can Spot catch a frisbee that flies 44 inches over his head?

Solution: One way to solve this problem is to convert 3¾ feet to inches. Three feet is 3 × 12 = 36 inches, and a quarter of a foot is 12 ÷ 4 = 3 inches. So, 3¾ is 36 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 45 inches. Spot can jump more than 44 inches, so he can catch the frisbee.