Word Problem Wednesday: Music, Multiplication, and Real Life Math

May 16, 2018 | Diamond Bar

Elementary school students can practice multiplication, subtraction, and other important skills on this real life math word problem challenge.

Even in real life math problems, music and math go together like peanut butter and jelly. Use your multiplication, subtraction, and other important elementary school real life math skills to solve the challenge below. When you are done, check the bottom of the blog for the answer. 

Challenge: Eight students are performing songs for their music class recital. Each song is 5 minutes long. If each music student performs 1 song and all 8 students must be done performing by 9:15 PM, then what is the latest time they can start the recital?

Solution: The amount of time it takes for all of the students to finish their songs is 8 × 5 = 40 minutes. Since they have to finish the recital by 9:15 PM, we count back 40 minutes before 9:15 PM to 8:35 PM.