Problem Solving

Solving arithmetic problems can be difficult because the wording of the questions is frequently confusing. Don't despair!! Use your experiences in Real Life to help you make sense of the nonsense!!

Try these questions. If you get stuck, click on HINT to get a suggestion. Check your answer when you are finished with each. If you arrived at a different answer, see if you can figure out what happened...

Good Luck!!



Problem 1

Pat worked 5 hours and was paid $30. How much is this an hour?

 



Problem 2

Tonya bought 2 skirts that cost $10 each and 3 tops that cost $5 each. What was the total cost?

 



Problem 3

John works 30 hours a week and is paid $195.45. How much does he earn per hour?

 

A) Less than $5
B) $5 - $6
C) $6 - $7
D) $7 - $8




Practice Questions

1)

Darcy worked 40 hours and earned $240. How much did she earn per hour?

 



2)

Bette had 280 pounds of bolts and put the same amount into each of 8 boxes. How much will the bolts weigh in each box?

 



3)

Find the total weight of 5 cases that weigh 18 pounds each and 12 cases that weigh 14 pounds each.

 



4)

Tillie worked 6 hours each on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; she worked 10 hours each on Tuesday and Thursday. How many hours did she work altogether? If she earns $7 an hour, how much money did she earn?

 



5)

Which expression shows the total cost of 4 items at $7 each and 5 items at $6 each? What is the total cost?

 

A)   (4 + 5) * (6 + 7)
B)   (4 * 7) + (5 * 6)
C)   (7 * 5) - (6 * 4)
D)   (4 + 7) ÷ (5 + 6)




6)

Which expression shows the total weight of two crates that weigh 25 pounds each, four crates that weigh 40 pounds each, and five crates that each weigh 30 pounds. What is the total weight?

 

A)   25 + 40 + 30

B)   (2 + 4 + 5) * (25 + 40 + 30)

C)   (25 * 4) + (40 * 30)

D)   (2 * 25) + (4 * 40) + (5 * 30)




ANSWERS:

1)   $6
2)   35 lb
3)   258 lb
4)   $266
5)   B- $58
6)   D -360 lb

For more practice, see: Solving Word Problems with Arithmetic Expressions


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