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    Word Problem Wednesday: When Life Gives You Oranges, Make Math Problems!

    By Mathnasium | Added Apr 10, 2019

    This fun word problem challenges students to practice their elementary school math skills such as division, multiplication, fractions, and measurement conversions.

    The best way to start your day is with a good dose of vitamin C and boosted math skills! We wish we could say that our math learning centers offered both, but while the boosted math skills is exactly what our math learning program does, you’re going to have to get your vitamin C from this week’s word problem challenge (and from your morning glass of orange juice).

    This week’s fun word problem challenges students to practice their elementary school math skills such as division, multiplication, fractions, and measurement conversions. It’s a juicy problem to wrap your mind around and solve — orange you glad you stopped by to check it out?

    Take your time working out the question. When you're ready, look below to compare your solution with ours!

    Question: There are 3 oranges per pound on average. Each pound of oranges produces 6 fluid ounces of orange juice. If Emma picks 144 from an orange tree, how many cups of orange juice can she squeeze from them?

     

    Solution: Since there are 3 oranges in a pound, 144 oranges weigh 144 ÷ 3 = 48 pounds. Each pound of oranges makes 6 fluid ounces—or 3/4 of a cup—of orange juice. So, 48 pounds of oranges makes 48 × 3/4 = 36 cups of orange juice.

     

     

     

     

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