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.