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Word Problem Wednseday: July 31

Jul 31, 2019

Welcome back to another #WPW Mathletes! This week we're going to go about finding the answers to some fun math problems about sea creatures!

Lower Elementary:


Question: A whale shark weighs 20 tons. A car weighs 2 tons. How many cars weigh the same as a whale shark?

Upper Elementary:


Question: A baby green sea turtle weighs 4 ounces. A fully grown green sea turtle weighs 350 pounds. How many times the weight of a baby sea turtle is the fully grown green sea turtle?

Middle School:


Question: A blue coral and a black coral are the same size. The blue coral grows at a rate of 3 millimeters per year. The black coral grows 8 centimeters per year. How much bigger will the black coral be than the blue coral in 100 years?

Algebra and Up:


Question: Flying fish can jump out of the water and “fly” through the air to avoid predators. A flying fish’s distance from the water’s surface in decimeters can be calculated with the function f(t) = –5t2 + 15t, in which t is the number of seconds the fish is out of the water. How high above the water is the fish after 1½ seconds?

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Lower Elementary:

Answer: 10 cars
Solution: We can solve this problem by counting by 2s: 2 tons, 4, tons, 6 tons . . . we’ll find that we need to count 2 tons, 10 times to reach 20 tons. Another way to solve this is to divide 20 tons by 2 tons to find how many times 2 goes into 20: 20 ÷ 2 = 10.

Upper Elementary:

Answer: An adult green sea turtle is 1,400 times the weight of a baby.
Solution: A pound is 16 ounces, so 16 ÷ 4 = 4 baby sea turtles weigh a pound. Since 4 babies weigh the same as each pound of fully grown turtle, that means that the whole fully grown turtle weighs as much as 350 × 4 = 1,400 baby turtles. It’s 1,400 times the weight of a baby sea turtle.

Middle School:

Answer: 770 centimeters
Solution: In 100 years, the blue coral grows 3 mm × 100 = 300 mm, which is equal to 30 centimeters. The black coral grows 8 cm × 100 = 800 cm. The black coral will therefore be 800 – 30 = 770 centimeters bigger than the blue coral.

Algebra and Up:

Answer: 11¼ meters
Solution: To solve the problem, we evaluate –5t2 + 15t when t = 1½. We get –5(1½)2 + 15(1½), which is equal to –11¼ + 22½ = 11¼ decimeters.

Thanks for hanging out with us this week Mathletes! If you want more information about Mathnasium and how we help change our students' lives through math, call us at 515-478-3552 and schedule your child's assessment today!