# Math Problems of the Week - Mar. 24, 2024 to Mar. 30, 2024

Mar 24, 2024 | West Covina

Lower Elementary:

Question: An octopus lives in an underwater garden that is shaped like a rectangle. The fence around the garden is 7 feet on the long sides and 5 feet on the short sides. Draw a picture of the garden on graph paper. How many 1-foot squares are in the octopus's garden, and how many feet of fence go around it?

Answer: 35 square feet in area, 24 feet in perimeter

Solution: If we draw a picture of the garden broken into square feet, it'll look like this:

If we count the squares, we find that there are 35 square feet in the garden. If we count around, we see that the garden has 24 feet of fence around it.

Upper Elementary:

Question: John has a manuscript that is 1,040 pages long. If it took him 2 years to write, then how many pages did John write per week on average?

Solution: If there are 52 weeks in a year, then there are 104 weeks in 2 years. To find the average number of pages John wrote on an average week, we divide 1,040 pages by 104 weeks and get 10. John wrote an average of 10 pages per week.

Middle School:

Question: A blackbird starts singing in the middle of the night, exactly between sunset and sunrise. If the sun sets at 5:37 PM and rises at 6:47 AM, then at what time of night does the blackbird sing?