Word Problem Wednesday: Run the Math Mile!

By Mathnasium | January 29, 2020

We’re one month into 2020, how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If you’re having trouble with any math resolutions, consider getting tutoring after school, but also know that practicing a little bit of math every day will make a big difference as well, and we have the best kind of math practice right here with our word problem challenges!

Today’s word problem asks students to hone their elementary math skills such as fractions, addition, subtraction, and more. Read the question below and see if you can help James figure out how long it’s going to take him to reach his New Year’s goal.

Question: James has a New Year’s resolution to be able to run a mile without stopping. If he can run one-quarter of a mile without stopping by the end of January and he adds another quarter of a mile every month, then by the end of which month will James be able to run the full mile without stopping?

Take your time working it out, and when you’re ready, look below to compare your solution to ours!

Solution: There are 4 quarters in a whole, so it’ll take 4 months—January, February, March, and April—for James to be able to run a whole mile without stopping. James will be able to run the full mile by the end of April.

Word Problem Wednesday: Math in the Mail

By Mathnasium | January 15, 2020

Q: What begins with E ends with E and has one letter in it?
A: An envelope!

People use math every day…even when writing letters! If you need to know how many stamps to buy, math tutoring after school can help give you the skills to figure that out. If you want to go beyond what you’ll find in most kids learning centers, our weekly word problem challenge is the right way to do it!

This week’s word problem gives students the opportunity to practice real-world math skills such as multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. Take a look at the question below and see if you can work out the solution. We know you can do it!

Question: Lucas had 24 stamps. He sent 4 cards with 2 stamps each. How many stamps does Lucas have left?

When you’re ready, look below to check your solution against ours.

Solution: Lucas uses 2 stamps, 4 times to send the cards. That means he uses 2 × 4 = 8 stamps. So, Lucas has 24 – 8 = 16 stamps left over.

Word Problem Wednesday: Math Is A Hoot!

By Mathnasium | January 8, 2020

Q: How do birds get better at math?
A: They eggs-ercise their brains with word problems!

Word problems aren’t just for the birds, they’re a great way for students to improve their math skills as well! Our weekly word problem challenges are a great way for children to supplement their tutoring after school and get in some fun logic and math practice on a regular basis.

Today’s question gives students an opportunity to practice their elementary math skills such as multiplication, division, subtraction and addition. Take a look at the question below and give it a try. Don’t just wing it, take your time thinking about it. Be sure to come back tomorrow to check your solution against ours!

Question: It takes Andrew 25 minutes to build one bird feeder. If he needs to build seven bird feeders and has already finished three, how much longer will it take Andrew to finish the bird feeders?

NASA’s Charlie Blackwell-Thompson on STEM Careers and Shooting for the Stars

By Mathnasium | January 2, 2020

Launch Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, the first woman to oversee a NASA liftoff and launch team.
Photo credit: NASA

We’re pretty excited about Charlie Blackwell-Thompson. A spaceflight engineer and veteran of the Space Shuttle era, she’s the first female launch director at Kennedy Space Center and the first woman to oversee a NASA liftoff and launch team — specifically, for the Artemis program. Artemis’ mission is to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024 and to establish sustainable, ongoing exploration by 2028. Once that’s accomplished, NASA will take the next giant leap by sending astronauts to Mars. Artemis, named for Apollo’s twin sister, includes the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket — the most powerful ever built — and the Orion spacecraft.