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    Word Problem Wednesday: Checkmate Math!

    By Mathnasium | Added Jul 17, 2019

    Improve elementary level math skills such as multiplication, division, fractions and percents with this fun chess-themed word problem challenge!.

    Tutoring for math is no game for us — but we do think it should be fun! Don’t pawn it off on someone else, check out this word problem today, mate! We promise you won’t be “board”.

    This week’s word problem asks students to show off their elementary level math skills such as multiplication, division, fractions and percents. Don’t be afraid to make a move, we know you can do it!

    Question: Mr. Brown teaches 6th grade math and runs the chess club. 75% of the students in his chess club are also in his math class. The other 8 students in the chess club have a different math teacher. How many students are there in the chess club?

    Take your time and think about how to solve it. When you're ready, look below to compare your solution to ours.

     

    Solution: If 75% of the students are in Mr. Brown’s math class, that means that 25% are not. We know that 8 is 25%, or one quarter of the total number of students, so the total must be 8 × 4 = 32 students.

     

     

     

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