# Problems of the Week

Jul 3, 2017 | Stone Oak

Problems of the Week! July 3rd

Lower Elementary:Question: Anna picks twice as many tomatoes as Brayden. Catherine picks 12 more tomatoes than Brayden. If Catherine picks 16 tomatoes, then how many tomatoes does Anna pick?

Solution:  Catherine has 16 tomatoes, so Brayden must have 16 – 12 = 4 tomatoes. Anna has twice as many, so she has 4 × 2 = 8 tomatoes.

Upper Elementary:

Question: Francis is chopping a 10-layered onion. He first cuts the onion in half vertically, from stem to roots. He then cuts each half of the onion 4 times horizontally. How many pieces of onion does Francis have after he separates all the layers?

Solution:  There are 10 layers of onion, so we can think of that as 10 pieces. When Francis cuts the onion in half, that makes twice as many pieces: 10 × 2 = 20. When he cuts each half onion horizontally 4 times, he multiplies the number of pieces by 5: 20 × 5 = 100.

Middle School:

Question: John is growing broccoli in his garden. He plants the broccoli in the morning on April 1. 96,480 minutes later, he harvests the broccoli. On what date does John harvest the broccoli? (You may look up how many days are in each month.)