Word Problem Wednesday: Travel with Math

Nov 8, 2017 | Diamond Bar


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 at the bottom 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?

Take your time to work it out.

Are you ready? 

Solution: To find the distance travelled per mile, we divide 40 miles by 3 gallons: 40 ÷ 3 = 13 1/3. The family travels 13 1/3 miles for each gallon of gas.