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On #WordProblemWednesday , the spotlight's on a cute little arachnid that's a little more roly poly than creepy crawly! The golden wheel spider gets around in a rather unorthodox way, as you'll find out when you give our word problem a try. Comment with your answer and check back tomorrow for the solution. P.S. Head on over to our blog to see a cute clip of the golden wheel spider in action!

A golden wheel spider tucks its legs in and turns its body into an octagonal wheel in order to travel across the sand. Its legs hit the ground a quarter inch apart. How many times does the spider have to roll over in order to roll a whole yard?
Image: By Adam Hammond [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons. On this Word Problem Wednesday, the spotlight's on a cute little desert arachnid that's a little more roly-poly than creepy crawly! The golden wheel spider gets around in a rather unorthodox way, as you'll find out when you give our word ...
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Here's the solution to our roly poly spider word problem: The wheel spider turns itself into an octagon whose sides are of an inch. An octagon has 8 sides, so the perimeter of the wheel spider is effectively 1/4 × 8 = 2 inches. There are 12 inches in a foot and 3 feet in a yard, so there are 12 × 3 = 36 inches in a yard. To roll 36 inches, the spider has to roll over 36 ÷ 2 = 18 times.
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It's a quacktastic #WordProblemWednesday ! Comment with your answer to our #duck   #wordproblem  and check back tomorrow for the solution!

Three bunches of grapes are enough to feed 8 adult ducks or 16 ducklings. How many bunches of grapes are needed to feed 6 adult ducks and 12 ducklings?
This Word Problem Wednesday is quack-tastic, to say the least! Try solving our word problem; we'll update with the answer tomorrow. Three loaves of stale bread is enough to feed 8 adult ducks or 16 ducklings. How many loaves of bread are needed to feed 6 adult ducks and 12 ducklings?
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We're all about #BackToSchool  bargains on #WordProblemWednesday   ... especially when something #math -related is involved! Try solving this week's #wordproblem , comment with your answer, and check back tomorrow for the solution! Have fun!

The sticker price of a calculator is $16.00. If you have a 15% off coupon and pay 10% sales tax, how much will the calculator cost you?
Greetings, problem solvers! It's another Word Problem Wednesday, and this one is for all of you who love a back-to-school bargain. Give our word problem a shot and check back tomorrow for the answer! The sticker price of a calculator is $16.00. If you have a 15% off coupon and pay 10% sales tax, ...
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Here's the solution!

After the coupon is applied to the price of the calculator, it costs $16.00 × 0.85 = $13.60. Next, we add the sales tax; 10% of $13.60 is $1.36, and $13.60 + $1.36 = $14.96.
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A very special #Olympics2016   #wordproblem  to spice up your #WordProblemWednesday ! Give it a shot:

It takes an Olympic canoe paddler 1 minute and 20 seconds to paddle a 300 meter course in the direction of the current. If the current moves at a rate of 1.5 meters per second, then how fast can the paddler paddle in still water?
We're right in the thick of Olympics fever! As you root for your favorites, take a quick math minute to solve this week's installment of Word Problem Wednesday. We'll update with the answer tomorrow. It takes an Olympic canoe paddler 1 minute and 20 seconds to paddle a 300 meter course in the ...
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Hi there, problem solvers! Here's the solution: The speed at which the paddler paddles the course is his own paddling speed, plus the rate of the current. If he paddles 300 meters in 80 seconds, then he’s moving 3.75 meters per second. So, 3.75 mps is equal to his own paddling plus the 1.5 mps the current is pushing him: 3.75 = P + 1.5.

P, the rate at which the paddler paddles, is therefore 2.25 meters per second.
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On #WordProblemWednesday , our delightfully delectable #wordproblem  whisks together cake and #geometry ! Give it a try and check back tomorrow for the answer!

f you bake 2 layers of cake in circular cake tins that are 10 inches across and 2 inches deep, what volume of cake will you have?
(Hint: the volume of a cylinder is π × r^2 × h; r is the radius and h is the height.) 
Here at Mathnasium, we think math is pretty yummy ... hence this week's delightfully delectable installment of Word Problem Wednesday! Sink your teeth into our cake word problem; we'll update with the answer tomorrow. Nom, nom, nom, indeed! If you bake 2 layers of cake in circular cake tins that ...
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Hi there, problem solvers! Here's the solution: If the tin is 10 inches across, then the radius of the cake is 5 inches. If the cake has 2 layers that are each 2 inches high, then the height of the cake is 4 inches.
π × 52 × 4 = π × 25 × 4 = 100π

So, the volume is 100π inches cubed... or 314 inches cubed!
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Greetings, problem solvers! This week's installment of #WordProblemWednesday  is for all of you bibliophiles who savored every word on their summer reading lists this year. Give it a try!

Yesterday, Max read half of a book. Today, he read a third of what was left. What fractional part of the whole book is left for Max to read?
Source: "Purebred English Bulldog in Glasses and Book" by Vic is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Greetings, problem solvers! This week's installment of Word Problem Wednesday is for all of you bibliophiles who savored every word on their summer reading lists this year. Give our word problem a try and ...
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Here's the solution: After Max reads half of the book, there’s one half left. A third of a half is a sixth, so Max has read 1/2 + 1/6 = 3/6 + 1/6 = 4/6 = 2/3 of the book. That means he has 3/3 – 2/3 = 1/3 of the book left to read.
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Attention problem solvers in grades 2 - 5: It's time to register for Mathnasium's Annual #TriMathlon , our fun, free community #math  competition. Head on over to http://www.mathnasiumtrimathlon.com to sign up and learn more. Flex those math muscles, win cool prizes, and raise money for local schools!
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A new school year has arrived, and we want to know ... how will this school year be greater than the last? Head over to our Number Sense Blog to find out how you can win a cool prize for sharing your top goal for school year 2016-2017! #backtoschool   #math  
A new school year brings a fresh start, different goals … and lots of ways to expand math learning! We want to know: How will this year be greater than the last? Download and complete our motivational poster template and be your own inspiration! Attach a photo of yourself and fill in the blank ...
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Calling all savvy problem solvers in grades 2, 3, 4, and 5! Participant registration for #Mathnasium 's Annual #TriMathlon   starts September 1! Learn all you need to know about this fun, friendly #math  competition hosted at participating Mathnasium centers!
Calling all young problem solvers! Student registration for the Mathnasium TriMathlon starts on September 1 and runs until November 4! Hosted at participating Mathnasium centers, the Mathnasium TriMathlon is a fun, friendly math competition that gives all students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, ...
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Just in time for #WordProblemWednesday , here's a sweet little word problem designed to test your number sense! Flex those #math   muscles, comment with your answer, and check back tomorrow for the solution.

A bunch of bananas and a cantaloupe together weigh 6 pounds. A papaya and a cantaloupe together weigh 5 pounds. A papaya and a bunch of bananas together weigh 4 pounds. Find the weight of each fruit.
It's another Word Problem Wednesday, and we're back with a sweet little word problem designed to test your number sense! Solve today's word problem and check back tomorrow for the answer. A bunch of bananas and a cantaloupe together weigh 6 pounds. A papaya and a cantaloupe together weigh 5 ...
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Here's the solution: The first two pairs, bananas + cantaloupe and papaya + cantaloupe, have the cantaloupe in common, but bananas + cantaloupe is 1 pound heavier than papaya + cantaloupe, so the bananas must be 1 pound heavier than the papaya: B = P + 1. We also know that the bananas and papaya together weigh 4 pounds: B + P = 4. If we substitute P + 1 in for B in the second equation, we find that 2P + 1 = 4, so 2P = 3, so P = 1.5 pounds. If the papaya weighs 1.5 pounds, we find that the bananas weigh 2.5 pounds and the cantaloupe weighs 3.5 pounds.
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Goodbye, summer, and hello, school year 2016 - 2017! How will you jumpstart #math  success this year? #mathtips  
Goodbye, summer… and hello to a brand new school year full of fun, learning, and potential! As you and your family navigate the back-to-school hustle and bustle of schedule changes, shopping, and charting an action plan for the year ahead, seeking math help may be the last thing on your mind.
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Keep #math  skills fresh and train like a #mathlete  before the new school year! +Mathnasium of Oak Park/River Forest's owner/director/neighborhood math expert Jana Frank shows us how it's done!
Jana Frank, owner and director of Mathnasium Learning Center, joins the set to talk about ways to keep your childrens' minds sharp while school's out.
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Mathnasium is a math learning center for students in pre-K through 12th grade. Our goal is to significantly increase your child’s math skills, understanding of math concepts, and overall school performance, while building confidence and forging a positive attitude toward the subject.

OUR PHILOSOPHY: Children don’t hate math. They hate being confused and intimidated by math. With understanding comes passion.And with passion comes growth—a treasure is unlocked.
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