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    Word Problem Wednesday: The Platypus Math Challenge!

    By Mathnasium | Added Feb 20, 2019

    Improve your elementary school math skills such as fractions, division, multiplication and more with this word problem challenge from Mathnasium.

    What do you get when you cross a platypus and a long division problem?
    A mathypus.

    We know a platypus won’t be looking for math help for kids, but a platypus can help teach math to kids when it comes in the form of a fun word problem like this one! Improve your elementary school math skills such as fractions, division, multiplication and more with this word problem challenge. Give it a try, take your time, and when you're ready look below to check your solution against ours.

    Question: A platypus eats 3/4 of a pound of worms each day. If a platypus has eaten 3 ounces of worms, what fractional part of its daily worm intake has it consumed?

     

    Solution: There are 16 ounces in a pound. Since the platypus eats 3/4 of a pound of worms each day, that means it eats 3/4 of 16 ounces = 12 ounces of worms each day. If the platypus has eaten 3 ounces so far, it has eaten 1/4 of its daily intake of worms because 3 is 1/4 of 12.

     

     

     

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