Number Sense Blog

    Word Problem Wednesday: Music, Multiplication, and Real Life Math

    By Mathnasium | Added Mar 14, 2018

    Elementary school students can practice multiplication, subtraction, and other important skills on this real life math word problem challenge.

    “There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.” -Pythagoras

    Math and music go hand in hand, even when you’re solving practical, real life math problems  such as the one we have for you in this week’s word problem challenge. Use your multiplication, subtraction, and other important elementary school real life math skills to solve the challenge below. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the solution!

    Challenge: Eight students are performing songs for their music class recital. Each song is 5 minutes long. If each music student performs 1 song and all 8 students must be done performing by 9:15 PM, then what is the latest time they can start the recital?

    Solution: The amount of time it takes for all of the students to finish their songs is 8 × 5 = 40 minutes. Since they have to finish the recital by 9:15 PM, we count back 40 minutes before 9:15 PM to 8:35 PM.


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