Number Sense Blog

By Mathnasium | Added Feb 20, 2019

What do you get when you cross a platypus and a long division problem?
A mathypus.

We know a platypus won’t be looking for math help for kids, but a platypus can help teach math to kids when it comes in the form of a fun word problem like this one! Improve your elementary school math skills such as fractions, division, multiplication and more with this word problem challenge. Give it a try, take your time, and when you're ready look below to check your solution against ours.

Question: A platypus eats 3/4 of a pound of worms each day. If a platypus has eaten 3 ounces of worms, what fractional part of its daily worm intake has it consumed?

Solution: There are 16 ounces in a pound. Since the platypus eats 3/4 of a pound of worms each day, that means it eats 3/4 of 16 ounces = 12 ounces of worms each day. If the platypus has eaten 3 ounces so far, it has eaten 1/4 of its daily intake of worms because 3 is 1/4 of 12.

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