Daily Math ---  Thanks to Connie Campbel

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Challenge 1:

A grilled ham and cheese sandwich has 25 grams of fat, while a turkey sandwich has 10 grams of fat.  A gram of fat is equal to 9 calories.  If you eat the grilled ham and cheese sandwich instead of the turkey sandwich, how many more calories of fat will you be eating? 








135 Calories


Challenge 2:

Old Faithful blows thousands of gallons of water from 100-180 feet into the air every 74 minutes.  What is the average height of water that Old Faithful blows into the air?   








140 feet


Challenge 3:

The amount of food that the Brachiosaurus ate in 1 bite is equal to the amount of food a family of 6 would eat in a month.  The average cost of that food is $675.  How much would it cost to feed Brachiosaurus 4 bites of food? 










Challenge 4:

Although Albert Einstein was born in Germany, he became an American citizen when he was 61 years old.  He was awarded the Nobel Prize of Physics in 1920.  If he was born in 1879, in what year did he become an American citizen?  










Challenge 5:

In ancient Greece, men were hired to measured distances between town by walking in equal steps from town to town and counting their steps.  If each step taken was 24 inches long, how many feet would a man have walked in 60 steps?








120 feet


Challenge 6:

Three college students drove a car backward 3113 miles from Berkley University in California to Harvard in Massachusetts and then back to Berkley.  They drove a total of 6726 miles.  How many miles longer was their return trip to Berkley than the trip to Harvard?








500 miles


Challenge 7:

The largest telescope in the world is the Square Kilometre Array being built in Europe.  The telescope's mirror will have a hole in the middle 50 inches in diameter.  Could someone 5 feet tall stand up straight in the hole?








No, that person would be 10 inches too tall.


Challenge 8:

James Madison was our shortest president, at 5 feet 4 inches tall.  Abraham Lincoln was our tallest president at 6 feet 4 inches tall.  How much taller was Lincoln than Madison?  What it the average of their heights?









Lincoln was 12 inches taller.  The average of their heights is 5 feet 8 inches.


Challenge 9:

The fastest flying bird, the Peregrine Falcon, can fly 220 miles per hour.  Hummingbirds can fly 27 miles per hour.  The loon can fly 90 miles per hour.  How much faster can a Peregrine Falcon fly than a hummingbird?  How much faster can a loon fly than a hummingbird?










The Peregrine Falcon can fly 193 miles per hour faster than a hummingbird.  The loon can fly 62 miles per hour faster than a hummingbird.





Challenge 10:

Mauna Loa in Hawaii is the largest volcano on our planet.  It has erupted 33 times since it was first document in 1843.   It rises more than 4170 meters above sea level.  The Kilaueu, also in Hawaii, is 3590 meters lower than Mauna Loa.  What is the height of the Kilaueu Volcano?









580 meters





Challenge 11:

King Henry I of England ordered the unit of measure called a foot to be equal to 1/3 the length of his arm, which was 36 inches long.  If his arm had been 24 inches longer, how long would a foot be?
















20 inches






Challenge 12:

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first astronauts to walk on the moon.  They brought back 46 pounds of moon rocks.  If objects on the moon weigh 6 times less than they do on Earth, how much did the rocks weigh on the moon?
















7.6 (or 7.6666667) pounds on the moon






Challenge 13:

The average height of a 10-year old boy is 4 feet 6 inches tall.  The average 10-year old girl is 5 feet tall.  If 10-year old Steven is 5 inches taller than Susan and Susan is 6 inches under the average height for a 10-year old girl, how tall is each?



















Steven is 4 feet 11 inches tall.

Susan is 4 feet 6 inches tall.






Challenge 14:

Anteaters measure up to 4 feet in length without the tail.  Their meals consists mainly of termites which are drawn into their mouths by means of its long, flexible, rapidly moving tongue covered with sticky saliva. A full-grown giant anteater can eat nearly 30,000 ants and termites a day.  If an anteater eats 20,466 ants and termites on Monday, and 19,986 on Tuesday, 18,766 on Wednesday, and 18,578 on Thursday, how many ants and termites must he eat on Friday to have eaten 150,000 ants in five days?

















72,204 ants






Challenge 15:

The sun is the nearest star to the Earth at .000016 light-years away.  Sigma is the most distant star at 11.6 light-years away.  How much closer to the Earth is the sun than the star Sigma?






















Challenge 16:

Did you know that Greenland isn't really very green?  The Viking Eric the Red gave Greenland its name in an effort to make people want to live there.  In reality ice covers 0.85 of the land, so how much of Greenland is really green?



0.15 or 15%






Challenge 17:

The rainfall record in the U.S. fell on Mt. Waialeale in Kauai, Hawaii at a total of 460 inches in one year. What was the monthly average?


38.3 inches






Challenge 18:

The Voyager probes 1 and 2, launched in 1977, carried a copy of a gold gramophone record, encoded with sounds and images intended to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth.   The recording was 3 minutes long.  What fraction of an hour is this 8 minute recording?



3/60 or 1/20





Challenge 19:

Kitti’s hog-nosed bat is the smallest mammal, measuring about 3.1 cm (1.2 in) long and weighing about 2 grams.  How many hog-nosed bats would it take to weigh 1 kilogram?



500 hog-nosed bats






Challenge 20:

Dollywood is a theme park located in Sevierville, TN.  Admission rates for adults are $45.70, $34.55 for children 4-11, and $42.35 for senior citizens (age 60+).   How much will admission cost total for Mom, Dad, 8-year-old David, 2-year-old Susan, and Grandpa James (78-years-old)?









Challenge 21:

A hockey puck is 3 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick.  A golf hole is 4.25 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep.  Will a hockey puck fit into a golf hole?  If so, how much room will it have to spare?



Yes, with 1.25 inches to spare around the hockey puck and 3 inches above it.






Math 22:  A Friday occurring on the 13th day of any month is considered to be a day of bad luck. The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia, a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a phobia (fear) of the number thirteen.  How many times will Friday the 13th occur in the year 2007?










Twice, April 13, 2007 and July 13, 2007






Math 23:

A dairy cow can give nearly 6,000 quarts of milk every year.  If you drink 3 cups of milk every day, how many quarts of milk will you drink in a year?





















About 274 quarts






Math 24:

King Ptolemy IV of ancient Egypt built huge ships.  His largest ship was powered by sailors pulling on 4,000 oars.  If 8 people were needed to pull on each oar, how many people were needed to power the boat?









32,000 people






Math 25:

Today the population in the United States exceeded 300,000,000.  The world population is 6,551,087,097.  Approximately 12% of the U.S. population is over 65 years old.  Based on the latest population numbers for the United States, how many people are over 65 years old?

















Math 26:

The Dead Sea has more salt than any other body of water, 280 parts of salt per 1,000 parts of water.  The ocean has only 35 parts of salt per 1,000 parts of water.  How many times more salt does the Dead Sea have than the ocean?










8 times






Math 27:

Mercury is the fastest moving planet.  It goes around the sun at a speed of 30 miles per second and completes an orbit in 3 months.  How many times does Mercury orbit the sun in one Earth year?










4 times






Math 28:

Almost 1/2 of all the people in the United States over the age of 3 wear glasses.  If there are 240 million people over the age of the 3, about how many wear glasses?










120 million







Math 29:

If Matt has to be at school at 8:00 and it takes him 15 minutes to get dressed, 20 minutes to eat and has a 35 minute bus ride to school. What time should he get up?










6:50 a.m.






Math 30:

When you are sleeping you dream for about 1/5 of the time.  If you sleep for 8 hours, how many hours are spent dreaming?









96 minutes






Math 31:

Mary has some jelly beans. Joan had 3 times as many. Mary ate 14 and now has
half that many left. How many jelly beans does Joan have?











63 jelly beans








Math 32:

Kelly saved her money for a long time for a dog. When she finally had enough
money, she bought a Scottish Terrier named Mack for $350. Next, she
bought a food bowl for $15 and a collar for $16. She picked out a red cushion for
a bed for $12. Finally she went to the food store and bought 10 pounds of food
at $5 per pound. Kelly had $50 left after purchasing the dog and the extras.
How much did she start with?



















Math 33:

On Saturday, October 28, 2006, Amy went to bed and slept 8 hours and 30 minutes. At 8:30 a.m., when she awoke the next morning, she realized she had forgotten to set her clock from daylight savings time back to standard time. What time did Amy go to bed?













12:00 a.m.  She actually went to bed on Oct. 29th.  She woke up at 8:30 a.m. daylight savings time because her clock had not been changed to daylight savings time.








Math 34:

In 2006 Ron Wallace won the largest pumpkin competition with a 1,502 pound pumpkin.    In 2005 Andy Wolf of New York won with a 1,407 pound pumpkin, and in 2004 Jack LaRue of Washington state won with a 1,420 pounder.  Charlie Houghton in New Hampshire grew the largest pumpkin in 2002 weighing 1,338 pounds.  In 2001 Geneva Emmons of Washington won with a 1,262 pound pumpkin, and in 2001 Brittany and Craig Weir of Massachusetts won with a pumpkin that weighed 1,260 pounds.   If one ton is equal to 2,200 pounds, how many tons did these pumpkins weigh?

The 2006 winning pumpkin!











3.7 tons








Math 35:

There are 33 cars that race around a 2.5 mile track at the Indianapolis 500.  If A. J. Foyt were to lead the race for 50 laps, how many miles would he lead the race?

The 2006 winning pumpkin!























125 miles








Math 36:

The Hoba West meteorite fell in Namibia in southern Africa.  It is the heaviest meteorite ever to fall to Earth.   It weighs about 60 metric tons (1 metric ton = 2,200 pounds).  How many pounds does the meteorite weigh?






















132,000 pounds








Math 37:

Every year flocks of birds fly South to spend the winter in a warmer climate. Dan and Alice noticed that each flock passing overhead was led by one bird. In the next row were two birds, then three, then four, and so on. Alice counted forty-five birds in one flock. How many rows were there?























9 rows








Math 38:

Andrew is older than Ken but Ken is older than Shawn. Shawn is younger than
Andrew. Rachel is older than Andrew . List the children from oldest to youngest.
















Rachel, Andrew, Ken, Shawn








Math 39:

Susan started school in kindergarten and graduated as a senior 13 years later in June of 2008.   What year did she start school?
































Math 40:

A siphonophora jellyfish is the longest animal in the world.  Led by two swimming bells, its 124-foot body, slim as a fat pen, moves like a roller coaster through the water.  If it is as long as 4 school busses, how long is a school bus?






















31 feet







Math 41:

A terracotta army was buried with the first Emperor of Qin (Qin Shi Huang) in 210-209 BC.in China.  The Terracotta Army was discovered in March 1974 by local farmers drilling a water well to the east of Mount Lishan.  If the emperor was surrounded by 200 rows of 7 terracotta soldiers, how many soldiers were in this special army?


















1,400 soldiers (more about the emperor's tomb)







Math 42:

Pony Express riders delivered mail in 1860 by riding horses from town to town.  The postage rate was 50 cents an ounce.  If a rider carried 4 pounds of mail in a trip, how much postage would be due?


























$32 (Pony Express National Historic Trail)








Math 43:

A cheetah can run 70 miles per hour while an elephant can run 25 miles per hour.  If a cheetah and an elephant start a race at the same time, how far ahead will the cheetah be in 8 hours.




















360 miles






Math 44:

For hundreds of years pyramids were the tallest structures on the planet. The Great Pyramid of Giza, built over 4,000 years ago, is 450 feet high.  The Empire State Building is 1454 feet high.  How many times higher is the Empire State Building?






















A little more than 3 times higher (Pyramids and Temples Interactive)







Math 45:

If a house fly lives for 2 weeks, how many hours will it fly around your house?

























336 hours








Math 46:

Peanut butter was originally developed by a doctor as a nutritious protein substitute for people with poor teeth who couldn't chew meat.  If you buy a 28-ounce jar of peanut butter today for $3.36, how many cents does it cost per ounce?





















$0.12 per ounce






Math 47:

A grocer kept all the pennies he found left in his store from 1975 to 2000.  There were 113,964 pennies in his collection.  What was the average number of pennies he found in a day? (HINT:  Don't forget leap years!)

















13 pennies








Math 48:

On January 1, 2006 Walter Roberts returned an overdue book to the library.  Unfortunately the book was due January 1, 2003.  If the overdue book fine is $.25 per day, how much in fines would he owe for this overdue book?


















$365.25  Did you remember the leap year?







Math 49:

If rice is the food for over half the people in the world and there are about 6 billion people in the world, how many million people eat mainly rice?














3,000 million







Math 50:

Andrea purchased ribbon to use with her gift wrap.  Each large roll of ribbon has 20 yards. Each package takes 3 feet of ribbon. How many packages can she wrap?

















20 packages







Math 51:

Tightrope Walkers Jean Francois Gravelet, the great Blondin, was the first of many tightrope walkers to appear at Niagara Falls. He was a professional artist and showman trained in the great tradition of the European circus. At age 31 he came to America and made the announcement that he would cross the gorge of the Niagara River on a tightrope.   The tightrope was 338 meters long.  How many feet long is it?











About 1,100 feet (More about Niagara Falls)







Math 52:

Mr. Carson makes $21.50 an hour. He works 8 hours a day and works 5 days a week. What is his income for December 2006 if he works 20 days?















Math 53:

Mr. Carson makes $21.50 an hour. He works 8 hours a day and works 5 days a week. In December 2006 if he works 20 days and makes a total of $3,440.  Figure the amount of money that the government would withhold in taxes. Figure the government withholds 20% of the Carson’s gross monthly income for different taxes.























Math 54:

Your brother traveled 117 miles in 2.25 hours to come home for Christmas. What’s the average speed that he was traveling?



















52 mph (Learn more about the U.S. Treasury Department)







Math 55:

You have 15 yards of ribbon for your Christmas gift boxes. Each box gets the same amount of ribbon. How much ribbon will each of your 20 gift boxes get?


















.75 yard








Math 56:

Sam gave Jen 1/2 of his candy canes. Jen ate 1/2 of the candy canes and gave the rest to Kyle. Kyle kept 8 of the candy canes and gave the last 10 to Kim. How many candy canes did Jen eat?





























Math 57:

You finally have your Christmas shopping money! You put $2 away in January, $4 away in February, $8 away in March, $16 away is April.  If you followed this savings pattern through to December, how much money would you have? 

























$ 4096








Math 58:

On the 12 days of Christmas, how many gifts did the ‘True Love’ receive? (Partridge in a Pear Tree, 2
Turtle Doves, 3 French Hens, 4 Calling Birds, 5 Golden Rings etc.)































Math 59:

Macy's has hired 400 store Santa's. If each Santa sees 125 children a day for 30 days, how many children are seen by Macy's Santa's?


1,500,000 children








Math 60:

Mr. Green is putting lights around 8 windows; each window is 3 and 1/2 feet wide and 5 feet long. How many feet of lights does he need?










136 ft. - 17 for each window







Math 61:

Each batch of 48 Christmas cookies that Amy makes takes 20 minutes in the oven. If the oven is on for 3 hours and 55 minutes (15 minutes for preheating), how many Christmas cookies did Amy make?














11 batches in 3 hours 40 minutes - 528 cookies







Math 62:

Information travels fast through your body.  Signals move as fast as 200 miles per hour through your nerves.  How many feet do nerves travel in an hour? HINT:  Use Google to find how many feet are in a mile.














200 miles per hour x 5,280 feet per mile = 1,056,000




Math 63:

Did you know that stars are very heavy?  A teaspoon of a white dwarf can weigh as much as 10 tons!  How many pounds would be in that teaspoon?
















20,000 pounds




Math 64:

One of the seven wonders the world, the Temple of Artemis (also known as Temple of Diana) was completed around 550 B.C.  If it took 220 years to build the temple, when did construction begin?













330 B.C.





Math 65:

Each The Aztec city of Tenochtitlan was on of the largest in the world.  It covered 5 square miles and had a population of 250,000 people.  Approximately how many people lived in each square mile?















Approximately 50,000 people





Math 66:

Each human head carries roughly 100,000 hair follicles.  Your hair grows about 1/2 inch a month.  If you do not cut your hair, how much would it grow in six years?














About 36 inches or 3 feet.




Math 67:

In the summer of 1858, Victorian gentleman and fossil hobbyist William Parker Foulke was vacationing in Haddonfield, New Jersey, when he heard that twenty years previous, workers had found gigantic bones in a local marl pit. Foulke spent the the late summer and fall directing a crew of hired diggers and eventually found the bones  of an animal larger than an elephant with structural features of both a lizard and a bird. If his crew had to dig a rectangle around the skeleton that was 54 feet tall and 23 feet long, how many square feet was the area of the rectangle?










1,242 square feet







Math 68:

Your mom loves Chanel 5 perfume.  Your dad wants to get her a bottle for her birthday.  If a 1.5 ounce bottle costs $51 and an 3.4 ounce bottle costs $82, which is the cheaper price per ounce?















The 3.4 ounce bottle which costs about $24 an ounce, while the 1.5 ounce bottle costs about $34 per ounce.




Math 69:

One of the greatest race horses of all time is Man o' War.  Man o' War went to the post 21 times and won 20 races.  The distance racehorses run is measured in furlongs, 1/8 of a mile.  A  "furrow long" was originally the length of a plowed field.  Would Man o' War have run farther if he ran a race of 1 1/8 miles or of 16 furlongs?












16 furlongs = about 2 miles






Math 70:

When the Great Pyramids were built, the average Egyptian only lived 35 years.  It took 20,000-30,000 workers approximately 20 years to build the pyramids.  What percent of an Egyptian workers' life was spent building the pyramids if the Egyptians started work on them at the age of 13?
















Approximately 87%



Math 71:

Alaska is the largest state in the United States.  It has a total area of 591,004 square miles and is twice the size of Texas.  Iraq has a total area of 167,400 square miles.   How many Iraqs could fit into Alaska?














Approximately 3 1/2


Math 72:

Dogs take up to 30 breaths per minute.  People take 12 breaths per minute.  How many breaths do people take in an hour?  How many breaths do dogs take in an hour?















People =720 breaths

Dogs = 1800 breaths



Math 73:

The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 musical fantasy film.  Judy Garland stars as Dorothy, who runs away in search of a better life "Somewhere, Over the Rainbow".  Garland was paid $35 a week for her work on OZ.  Filming started on October 17, 1938 and was completed March 18, 1939.  How much was Judy Garland paid in all?






















Approximately $770 in total



Math 74:

In the 1920s, a 2 car garage, 11 room home would cost approximately $9,500.  What would be the costs of a similar home today?  To determine the amount, use this inflation guide:  $100 dollars in 1920 = $2000 today.



























Approximately $390,000





Math 75:

Moon rock describes rock that formed on the Moon and was collected during the course of its exploration.  Moon rocks collected during the course of lunar exploration are currently considered priceless. In 2003, NASA estimated the value of moon rock samples at about $1 million for 285 g (10 oz.).  What would be the value of 3 lbs. of moon rock?  Round your answer to the nearest million.

























$5 million.




Math 76:

Ketchup was once used as a medicine in the United States. In the 1830's it was sold as Dr. Miles Compound Extract of Tomato.  If a 36 oz. bottle of ketchup costs $2.52, how much does it cost per ounce?

























Math 77:

The New York Giants won the World Series in 1905, 1911-13, 1917, 1921-24, 1933, 1936-37, 1951, and 1954.  The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series in 1926, 1928, 1930-31, 1934, 1942-44, 1946, 1964, 1967-68, 1982, 1985, 1987, 2004, and 2006. Which team won the most World Series between 1920 and 1950?

























St. Louis Cardinals





Math 78:

On December 31, 2006 Susan Thompson returned a book to the library that she checked out in 1999.  If the fine for an overdue book is 20 cents a day, what would she have to pay for the overdue book?



























Math 79:

A bachelor who amassed a fortune by living simply left all his money to his cat after his death, The Ottawa Citizen reports.  David Harper, the shy and somewhat reclusive owner of Red the cat, died in March at the age of 79. 
He left an estate worth $1.5 million to his beloved tabby. If Red put the money in a savings account that paid 1% a year in interest, how much would Red have at the end of the year?




























Math 80:

If 70% of your body is water, what percent is not water?  What fraction is not water?










30% or 1/3



Math 81:

 If Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow 96 times in the past 110 years, what percentage of the time has he seen his shadow?  More Groundhog Day teaching activities.














Math 82:

Angus, King of the Mountain, the world's tallest snowman, was built on February, 19 1999 in Bethel, Maine.  He stands at 12 1/2 stories tall.  If a story is 9 feet, how many feet tall is Angus?
















112.5 feet tall





Math 83:

A year on Mars is 686 Earth days.  Which is longer, a year on Mars or a year on Earth?  By how many weeks is it longer?













Mars, 46 weeks






Math 84:

Restaurants charge about 3 times the cost of food for items on the menu.  A restaurant pays $7 per pound for fish, $2 for a dozen lemons, and $6 for parsley.  If 2 fish dinners can be made from this, how much would this meal costs?
















Math 85:

In Central Park, the high temperature at 1:37 p.m. on January 7, 2007 was 72 degrees, which broke the date’s previous high of 63 degrees in 1950. The average high temperature for New York City in January is 37 degrees. How many degrees above normal was the temperature on January 7, 2007?












35 degrees





Math 86:

4/5 of the 90 eighth graders and 3/4 of the 84 seventh graders attended the Valentine's Dance. How many students attended?











135 students





Math 87:

Janet has a pink blouse, a red blouse and a white blouse. She has a pink skirt, a red skirt, a black skirt and a white skirt. How many combinations could she make?












12 combinations





Math 88:

Try to match the couples: Randy has blue eyes. Matt is 16 and has brown eyes, Sam is 17 and has green eyes, and Chris has hazel eyes. Rhonda has green eyes, Megan is 17 and has blue eyes, Sabrina is 16 and has hazel eyes, and Carla has brown eyes.
No one goes with someone whose name begins with the same letter.
No one goes with someone with the same color eyes.
No one goes with someone the same age










Randy-Sabrina; Matt-Rhonda; Sam-Carla; Chris-Megan





Math 89: 

Dave gave Charlotte half of his paper. Charlotte gave Johnnie half of the paper she received from Dave. Johnnie kept 8 sheets of paper and gave the remaining 10 to Dana. How many sheets of paper did Dave give Charlotte?










36 sheets of paper






Math 90: 

If the Chinese New Year cycles every 12 years, what year were you born?  



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Math 91 Mrs. Mason asked the students to open their math books to the facing pages whose page numbers add up to 85. To which pages should the children turn?













Page 42 and 43



Math 92 If you saved $2.00 on January 1, $4.00 on February 1, $6.00 on March 1, $8.00 on April 1, and so on, how much money would you save in one year?
















Math 93 One of the most famous incidents in Oscar's history occurred in 2000 when 55 statuettes disappeared en route to California. The reward offered for the 55 missing statues was set at $50,000. Junk dealer Willie Fulgear received the award after he found the Oscars next to a trash dumpster  Each statuette has a basic value of $330. However, the reward for the 55 Oscars missing in 2000 was $50,000. How much more was each statuette valued by the reward?




















Approximately $579 each.



Math 94 Learn interesting facts about some famous African Americans by using a grid to decode the names. Click Here

Answer Click Here



Math 95 On an average day, Americans spend $958904.00 buying video games. Of this total $767123.00 is spent on Nintendo games. In one week how much do American spend on Nintendo Games?

















$5,369,861 on Nintendo

$1,342467 on others



Math 96 Robert is thinking of two numbers. Their greatest common factor is 6. Their least common multiple is 36. One of the numbers is 12. What is the other number?
















The other number is 18.



Math 97 The number of hours that were left in the day was one-third of the number of hours already passed. How many hours were left in the day?
















6 hours were left in the day



Math 98 You are ordering pizzas for a party of 20 friends.  A large pizza has 16 slices, a medium has 14, and a small has 10.  If you wanted exactly 2 pieces for each person, what combination of pizzas should you order?


















a small, medium and large or 4 small pizzas



Math 99 You have to use 3,500 calories to loose one pound.  If you play Dance Dance Revolution you can burn 1,000 calories in an hour.  How many hours would you have to play in order to loose one pound?


















3 1/2 hours




Math 100 Christine joins a CD club and gets 20% off his purchase.  He buys 3 CDs which costs $12 each.  How much does Christine pay?


















Math 101 We consume about 45% of our daily calories at dinner.  If you eat 2,300 calories a day, approximately what number will come from dinner?












Math 102 On Sunday, Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m.  From 1986 to 2006 DST has been observed on the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, but starting this year, it will be observed from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, adding about a month to daylight saving time.  If you go to bed at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, and get up at 8:00 on Sunday morning March 11, how many hours of sleep did you get?















9 hours of sleep




Math 103 In last year's St. Patrick's Day Parade there were twenty-four floats and twenty-six marching bands. It takes three minutes for each unit (float or band) to pass the reviewing stand. If the first unit passed the reviewing stand at 12:45 p.m., what time will the last unit pass the reviewing stand?





















3:15 p.m.


Math 104 Patty has a basket of shamrocks to share with her friends at a St. Patrick's Day party. There are 297 shamrocks in the basket and there are 11 people at the party.  How many shamrocks will each person get?



















27 shamrocks



Math 105 Natalie's class is serving a traditional Irish meal on St. Patrick's Day. Natalie is making Ballymaloe brown bread for the meal. The recipe calls for three and one-fifth cups of whole-wheat flour to make one loaf. How many cups of whole-wheat flour will she need to make three loaves?


















9 3/5



Math 106 St. Patrick died on March 17, 461 A.D. That day has been celebrated in Ireland as St. Patrick's Day ever since. How many years has St. Patrick's Day been celebrated in Ireland?



















1,545 years


Math 107 Derek from ABC Potato farm is preparing to plant a crop of potatoes this spring. The field will have 436 rows of potatoes with 156 plants in each row. Derek estimates that they will plant the entire field in 13 hours with their planting machine.  How many potato plants are there in all?  How many potatoes will their machine plant each hour?

















68,016 potatoes

5,232 potatoes per hour



Math 108 Mrs. Anderson planned to order 6 jumbo packs of number 2 pencils for a total of $28.80.  She then realized she really only needed 5 packs.  What would be her new total?



















4.80 each pack




Math 109 Mr. Hawkins gave a practice TCAP test.  He scored the answer sheets and found his students performed quite well.  He recorded the following scores in his grade book:  96, 88, 90, 78, 98, 75, 94, 70, 86, 92, 88, and 84.  What was the mean score?






















87 or 86.58



Math 110 Taylor received a speeding ticket.  He was going 48 mph in a 35 mph zone.  If the fine is $15 for every mph over the posted speed, how much will his fine be?





















Math 111 Farmer Robers decided to grow a garden so he could make salad. He wants to make it 10.1 feet long and 6.2 feet wide. However, in order to avoid rabbits from entering his garden he must make a fence surrounding the garden. He decides to make the fence 11.2 feet long and 7.0 feet wide. What is the area between the fence and the garden?





















15.16 feet





Math 112 Jenny bought 7 t-shirts, one for each of her seven friends, for $9.95 each. The cashier charged her an additional $7.07 in sales tax. She left the store with a measely $7.28. How much money did Jenny start with?






















Math 113 What is the number you started with?




















Math 114 A 1-ounce serving of Special Bran Flakes Cereal contains 90 calories.  If you add 1/2 cup of skim milk, the number of calories increases to 130.  How many calories are in a cup of skim milk?















80 calories



Math 115:  Tina has to be at school by 8:00 a.m. and it takes her 15 minutes to get dressed, 20 minutes to eat and 35 minutes to ride the bus to school. What time should she get up?



















6:50 AM


Math 116:  This stairway is made of cubes. How many cubes would be needed to make the steps 9 steps high?




















45 cubes


Math 117:  There are 12 people in a room. 6 people are wearing socks and 4 people are wearing shoes, 3 people are wearing both. How many people are in bare feet?




















 12 - 7 = 5 people in bare feet!




Math 118:  Upon your arrival to school on Monday morning, you observe a snail making its way up the wall of the building. Each day, it carefully works its way 30 inches up the wall. At night, though, it slips back down 12 inches. The school wall is 9 feet high. If the snail started on Monday, will it reach the top of the school wall before you leave on Friday afternoon?






















 No, it would take 6 days for the snail to reach the top of the wall.

 Science Learning


Math 119:  When you shower, you use 5 gallons of water every minute. Most people take 5 minute showers. How many gallons of water does a family of 4 use in a week (assuming they each take a daily shower)? How much do they use in a month?





















700 gals/wk; about 3000 gals/mo.



Math 120:  Seymore has just gotten a new job. On his first day, the boss gave him 2 choices for his salary.

Calculate how much Seymore would be making at the start of the 5th year. Which is the better choice? Explain how you got your answer.


















The first choice would give him $36,465 at the beginning of the fifth year; the second choice would give him $43000.

Science Learning



Math 121:  Ron and Darrell mow lawns to earn money in the summer. Ron has a riding mower. He charges $18 a yard and pays his little brother $7 to help. He is able to do 9 yards in a day.
Darrell has a walking mower. He charges $20 a yard and does 8 yards a day. Who do you think does better? Explain your answer.












Ron clears $155 and Darrell clears $160, but Ron is probably not as tired because he had a riding mower.




Math 122:  A frog jumped on several stones on his way to the pond. He did not land on the same stone twice. The product of all of the stones that he hopped on was 19,635. On which stones did he jump? 















11, 3,17,5,7





Math 123:  Each American throws away about 60 pounds of plastic packaging each year. At this rate, about how many years will it take one person to throw away a ton of plastic? 
























About 33 years. Accept 33 or 34. 




Math 124:  A box of 12 popsicles has equal numbers of cherry, orange, lime, and grape. Alex likes everything but lime. What is the probability that when Alex reaches into the box randomly, he will select a popsicle that he likes? Two days later, 2 cherry, 1 grape, and 1 lime have been eaten. Have Alex's chances of randomly choosing a lime popsicle gone up or down? Explain your answer.























75% or 9/12. Gone up. Now it is 7/9 that he will get a flavor that he likes (77.8%).




Math 125:  Gordon Greenthumbs likes to grow huge plants. He once grew a zucchini that started out at 6 inches, then grew 9 inches to be 15 inches on the second day. Each day the zucchini grew by the same amount as the day before plus another 3 inches. On which day would the zucchini be longer than 11 feet?





















Day 9



Math 126:  Mrs. Walker has 12 students in her pre-algebra class. On a recent test, the average was 80. When Beth asked for her score, Mrs. Walker could not find it, but she did remember adding Beth's score in the average. She also remembered that Beth had passed. These are the scores of the other students:
65, 65, 70, 70, 80, 85, 85, 90, 90, 90, 100




























Math 127:  Alice and Kathy went to Mexico for a vacation. The plane made the trip to Mexico in 315 minutes. On the return trip, the flight took 216 minutes. They stayed in Mexico for 3629 minutes. How long did the trip really take in minutes, hours, days? 






















  4160 minutes = 69.3 hours = 2.8 days




Math 128:  Three ducks and two ducklings weigh 32 kg.  Four ducks and three ducklings weigh 44 kg. All ducks weigh the same and all ducklings weigh the same. What is the weight of two ducks and one duckling?

























     Let D = the weight of one duck
         d = the weight of one duckling

Solve:     (3D + 2d = 32)*3 ------>  9D + 6d = 96               

           (4D + 3d = 44)*2 ------>  8D + 6d = 88
                                     1D + 0d = 8 -----> D = 8 kg



Math 129:  A 800 seat multiplex is divided into 3 theater. There are 270 seats in Theater 1, and there are 150 more seats in Theater 2 than in Theater 3. How many seats are in Theater 2?

















        Let x = number of seats in Theater 3
           T1 = Theater 1 = 270 seats
           T2 = Theater 2 = 150 + x

               T1 + T2 + T3 = 800 seats
        270 + (150 + x) + x = 800
                   420 + 2x = 800
                          x = 190

     If there are x = 190 seats in theater 3, then 

        Theater 2 has 
                150 + 190 = 340 seats



Math 130:  Mary has $50.00. She goes to the mall and buys lipstick and then she buys shampoo, which is half the price of the lipstick. She then spends half of what she has left on a purse, leaving her with $15.00.
How much did the shampoo cost?

How much did the lipstick cost?


















     Let x = price of lipstick
     Let 1/2 x = price of shampoo

     Cost of lipstick AND shampoo, combined = x + 1/2 x

     Money spent on lipstick AND shampoo combined:
                $50.00 - ($15.00)*2 = $20.00
                x + 1/2 x = $20.00
                     1.5x = $20.00
                        x = $13.33
                Lipstick cost:      x = $13.33
                Shampoo cost:   1/2 x = 1/2 * $13.33 = $6.67