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    Word Problem Wednesday: Can Camels Do Math?

    By Mathnasium | Added Oct 2, 2019

    Mathnasium learning centers for kids offer math in a fun environment! Practice elementary skills such as fractions and multiplication, as well as units of measure, in the word problem below.

    Humans need water regularly. We are supposed to drink about 8 glasses of water a day, and we can only go about 4 days (give or take) without water. So it’s pretty incredible to learn that camels can go for MONTHS without drinking water. Wow!

    Just as you need to drink water every day, you also need to do a little bit of math every day. Mathnasium learning centers for kids offer math in a fun environment, so that whether you’re looking for a tutor in math, or just want a regular workout to keep your brain sharp, we have just the right program for you. Why not start today with our fun math challenge? Practice elementary skills such as fractions and multiplication, as well as units of measure, in the word problem below.

    Question: A camel can go for six months without drinking water. It can also drink water very quickly—30 gallons in 13 minutes! Find the rate at which a camel drinks in gallons per hour.

    Take your time thinking about the answer, and when you're ready, look below to check your solution against ours.

     

    Solution: Since the camel drinks 30 gallons in 13 minutes, that means it’s drinking 30/13 (or 24/13) gallons per minute. There are 60 minutes in an hour, so the camel can drink at a rate of 30/13 × 60 = 1,800/13 = 1386/13 gallons per hour.

     

     

     

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