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    Word Problem Wednesday: A Lot of Apples!

    By Mathnasium | Added Nov 20, 2019

    Practice addition and subtraction, multiplication and division in a fun and real-world way with this word problem challenge from Mathnasium.

    Give this sweet word problem a try and you’ll be the apple of our eye! If you want to “bowl over” your tutor in math, all you have to do is practice your skills a little bit every day! A little bit can go a long way when you do it every day.
    This word problem challenge gives students a chance to practice their addition and subtraction, multiplication and division in a fun and real-world way. Go ahead and give it a try. Take your time, and when you think you've figured it out, look below to check your solution against ours!

    Question: A small bowl can hold 12 apples. A large bowl can hold 20 apples. If Benjamin has 132 apples and already has 6 small bowls, how many large bowls does he need for the rest of the apples?

    Take your time, and when you think you've figured it out, look below to check your solution against ours!

     

    Solution: Benjamin already has enough small bowls to hold 12 × 6 = 72 of the 132 apples. That means that he needs enough bowls to hold 132 – 72 = 60 more. Since a large bowl holds 20 apples, he needs 60 ÷ 20 = 3 of them.

     

     

     

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