# Problem of the Week 08-15-16

Aug 16, 2016 | Coral Springs

Lower Elementary:
Question: The South Korean handball team scored 28 points against the Swedish handball team. The Swedish team won by 3 points. How many points did the Swedish team score in total?
Solution:  If the Swedish team won by 3 points, then they scored 3 more points than the South Korean team. So, the Swedish team scored 28 + 3 = 31 points.

Upper Elementary:
Question: Anna, Kristin, and Olga each won a medal in Olympic cycling. The cyclist in first place won the gold medal, the cyclist in second place won silver, and the cyclist in third place won bronze. Kristin placed 2 positions higher than Anna. Match the medals to their winners.
Answer:  Kristin won gold, Olga won silver, and Anna won bronze.
Solution:  If Kristin positions higher than Anna, then she must have won gold because 1st place is the only available position that’s 2 places higher than another. Anna must therefore be in 3rd place, winning bronze. That leaves the silver medal for Olga in second place.

Middle School:
Question: Ding Ning won the gold medal in Olympic table tennis. She was one of 32 players in Round 3 of the competition. Each consecutive round of table tennis, 50% of the players were eliminated. How many games of table tennis did Ding Ning win to make it to the finals if she entered the competition in Round 3?