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    Word Problem Wednesday: Problem-Solving and Paranormal Activity

    By Mathnasium | Added Aug 22, 2018

    Practice distance, time, multiplication, division, and other elementary level math skills with this paranormal word problem challenge.

    (Ghostbusters image courtesy of Columbia Pictures.)

    If there’s something strange in your neighborhood...who you gonna call?


    There’s an answer for everything, and having a solid math foundation will help you find those answers no matter how paranormal things get. This week’s word problem challenge gives students the opportunity to practice distance, time, multiplication, division, and other elementary level math skills. Go ahead and give it a try, and when you're ready check back tomorrow for the solution.

    Question: Peter and Ray walk 4½ miles to get to the library to investigate some paranormal activity. If they can walk 3 miles in 1 hour, then how many minutes does it take them to get to the library?


    Solution: Since 3 miles goes into 4½ miles 1 times, it takes Peter and Ray 1½ hours to walk to the library. An hour is 60 minutes, so 1½ hours is 60 × 1½ = 90 minutes.



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