Word Problem Wednesday: Not Your Typical Neighbors

By Mathnasium | July 15, 2020

An Unusual Home

As Freddy’s grandfather reads him a fantastical story, his uncles Westley, Max, and aunt Valerie work in the cellar on a magic potion! Solve this week’s word problems to get a peek into the home of this unusual family.

Pick the word problem below that’s the right skill level for you. Take your time working it out. When you feel you’ve found the answer, see the next page to check your solution against ours. No peeking, and have fun!

Lower Elementary:
Question: Freddy’s grandfather reads him a story that is 49 pages long. If it takes Freddy’s Grandfather 2 minutes to read each page, then how long will it take to read the story?

Upper Elementary:
Question: Westley is 6 feet tall. He can reach objects 20 inches over his head—24 inches if he stands on his tiptoes. Can Westley reach a pitcher that is hanging 90 inches off the ground?

Middle School:
Question: The average rat weighs half a pound. A rodent of unusual size weighs 37 ½ pounds. What percentage of a rodent of unusual size’s weight does the average rat weigh?

Algebra and Up:
Question: Max and Valerie are mixing a magic potion. Max pours 24 ounces of swamp water into the cauldron. Valerie pours 8 ounces of unicorn snot into the cauldron. How many more ounces of swamp water does Max need to add to the cauldron to dilute the mixture to 20% unicorn snot?