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    Word Problem Wednesday: Thanksgiving Travel And Real World Math

    By Mathnasium | Added Nov 21, 2018

    Using travel plans to practice A plus math skills is the perfect opportunity to boost kids math learning in a real world situation. This word problem challenge is a fun and relatable way for kids to practice math!

    Are you visiting family or friends over the Thanksgiving holiday? If so, your travel plans may be the perfect opportunity to practice your math skills in a real world way. Calculating distance, time, fuel use, departures and arrivals...all of these are A plus math in the real world situations!

    This week’s word problem challenge will boost kids math learning, and improve elementary school math skills such as addition, subtraction, and time in a fun and relatable way. Go ahead and give it a try. Take your time, and when you're ready check below for the solution!

    Question: A plane leaves New York at 10:30 am heading to California. If the flight is 5½ hours long, what time will it be in California when it lands? (New York is 3 hours ahead of California.)


    Solution: One way to do this is to add 5½ hours to 10:30 am. Since ½ an hour is 30 minutes we add, 10:30 am + 5 hours + 30 minutes = 4:00 pm New York time. Since California is 3 hours behind New York it is, 4:00 pm − 3 hours = 1:00 pm in California when the plane lands.




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