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Hi there, problem solvers! It's Word Problem Wednesday once again--are you ready to flex those math muscles? Comment with your answer to this week's word problem and check back tomorrow for the solution!

The Lakeside Elementary School Choir is hosting a fund-raising concert event. They sold child tickets for $10 each and adult tickets for $20 each. They made $2,000. If they sold 60 adult tickets, how many child tickets did they sell?
Image: By Stilfehler (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. This week's installment of Word Problem Wednesday celebrates all of you who have been inspired to raise funds for a cause! Solve our word problem about a very enterprising school choir and check back tomorrow for ...
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Here's the solution: The amount of profit the choir made from selling adult tickets is 60 × $20 = $1,200. Since they made a total of $2,000, the profit made from selling child tickets is $2,000 – $1,200 = $800. They sold child tickets for $10 each, so the number of child tickets sold was $800 ÷ $10 = 80 tickets.
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This week's installment of Word Problem Wednesday is for those of you gearing up to celebrate a very merry Christmas this weekend! Comment with your answer--we'll reveal the solution tomorrow!

Rachel the Christmas elf can wrap 8 presents in 3 minutes. How long will it take Rachel to wrap 28 presents?
Ho, Ho, Ho! On this Word Problem Wednesday, we've prepared a very special word problem for those of you who are gearing up for Christmas celebrations this weekend! Solve our word problem and check back tomorrow for the answer. Rachel the Christmas elf can wrap 8 presents in 3 minutes.
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Here's the solution: Eight presents goes into 28 presents 3½ times. So, Rachel needs 3 minutes, 3½ times to wrap 28 presents.

3 × 3½ = 10 minutes, or 10 minutes and 30 seconds.
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Looking for the perfect holiday surprise for the math lover(s) in your life? We've got you covered.
Happy Holidays! The most wonderful time of year is here once again and to celebrate, we've combed the internet for the cutest, coolest math gifts around. Here are our picks for 2016! For young mathletes: Math booties (via Etsy). “Pi in the sky” dress (via Princess Awesome).
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Mathnasium is honored to be mentioned as a partner in +National PTA's STEM Plus Families initiative in this insightful piece on STEM education! We're proud to put the "M" in STEM.
Going beyond 'sign up, pay for and drop off' STEM experiences is necessary to ensure long-term STEM success.
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'Tis the season to make homemade sweet treats to share with your friends and family! Indeed, this installment of Word Problem Wednesday is sweeter than average... comment with your answer to this week's word problem and check back tomorrow for the solution!

You can find the approximate temperature in Celsius by subtracting 32 from the temperature in Fahrenheit, then dividing that number by 2. A recipe for pecan brittle needs to be heated to 300°F, but your candy thermometer only measures in Celsius. Find the temperature in Celsius to which you should heat the candy.
Holiday spirit is in the air, and one of our favorite festive traditions is making homemade sweet treats to share with our friends! Of course, with much kitchen wizardry comes much math, which is our inspiration for this week's installment of Word Problem Wednesday. Solve our word problem below ...
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Here's the solution: Three hundred degrees Fahrenheit, minus 32 is 268. We can mentally calculate half of 268 by finding half of each place value because each place value has an even digit. Half of 268 is 100 + 30 + 4 = 134°C.
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Read on for our #TriMathlon event recap! We had an absolute blast, and the fun's not over: Top scorers will vie for a National Grand Prize the weekend of November 19 and 20!
Last weekend, TriMathletes across the country gathered at participating Mathnasium locations to flex their math muscles, raise money for local schools, and have a great time at the Sixth Annual Mathnasium TriMathlon! (Via Mathnasium of Brandon, FL). For six years running, elementary students in ...
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Happy New Year! The first Word Problem Wednesday of 2017 is for all of you who had a blast traveling with friends and family over the holidays! Comment with your answer to this week's word problem and check back tomorrow for the solution!

Paolo takes a plane from Seattle to New York. The plane takes off at 8:30 in the morning and lands 5 hours and 48 minutes later. New York is 3 time zones (3 hours) ahead of Seattle. What time does the plane land in New York?
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Here's the solution: The time in New York will be 5 hours and 48 minutes + 3 hours = 8 hours and 40 minutes after 8:30 AM. Eight hours after 8:30 AM is 4:30 PM, and 48 minutes after that is 5:18 PM.
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Blast off! On Word Problem Wednesday, we're looking up toward the stars... and beyond! Solve our space shuttle word problem and check back tomorrow for the answer.

A space shuttle has 1 large fuel tank and 3 small fuel tanks. The tanks are filled with 600 tons of fuel in total. The large fuel tank is completely filled with 400 tons of fuel, and the rest of the fuel fills 2 ½ small tanks. How much does each small tank hold when full?
On Word Problem Wednesday, we're looking up toward the stars... and beyond! Solve our space shuttle word problem and check back tomorrow for the answer! A space shuttle has 1 large fuel tank and 3 small fuel tanks. The tanks are filled with 600 tons of fuel in total.
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Hi problem solvers! Here's the solution: Since 400 of the 600 tons of fuel are in the large tank, there are 600 – 400 = 200 in the small tanks. Because 2½ —or five halves—of the tanks can be filled with 200 tons of fuel, we can reason that each of the 5 half-tanks can be filled with 200 ÷ 5 = 40 tons. That means that each small tank can hold 40 tons × 2 = 80 tons of fuel.
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This creepy-crawly Word Problem Wednesday is for all the high school geometry fans out there! Give it a try, comment with your answer, and check back tomorrow for the solution.

Believe it or not, ants use math to get food efficiently. Instead of following the shortest path to food, ants take the path that will take the least time. Please refer to the diagram. The shortest route from the ant to the cookie is two inches. Because of the terrain, the ant can get to the cookie faster if it turns 45° to the left and then 135° to the right. Exactly how much greater is the distance of the path that takes less time?
For this installment of Word Problem Wednesday, we're challenging you to use your high school geometry knowledge to solve a creepy crawly word problem! Give it a try and check back tomorrow for the answer. Believe it or not, ants use math to get food efficiently. Instead of following the ...
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Here's the solution: To find the length of each side of the triangle, we can use the measures of the interior angles. This is a 45°—45°—90° triangle. This is an isosceles right triangle; two of its angles are equal and two of its sides are equal.

To find the length of the hypotenuse, we can use the Pythagorean theorem: 2² + 2² = c², 8 = c², c = 2sqrt(2). We can also use the 45°—45°—90° triangle rule—the hypotenuse is equal to a leg multiplied by the square root of 2. The longer route is 2sqrt(2) + 2 inches and the shorter route is 2 inches. The difference is therefore 2sqrt(2) inches.
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This December, math learning meets family fun with our special holiday cookie recipe! Use math to unlock the required quantities for the recipe, bake up a (snow)storm, and bring your finished treats (or a picture of them) into Mathnasium to receive a fun reward. Happy Holidays!
Happy holidays! 'Tis the season for holiday family fun! Throughout December, apply math learning to family holiday activities and keep your mind sharp with this delightfully sweet mathtastic treat. Use your math skills to unlock the right quantities for our Let It Snow holiday sugar cookie ...
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Final scores are in for the Sixth Annual Mathnasium TriMathlon! Congratulations to our 12 National Grand Prize winners. We can't wait for next year's event!
Final scores have been tabulated and results are in for the Sixth Annual Mathnasium TriMathlon—Mathnasium's fun, free elementary school (grades 2 to 5) math competition held at Mathnasium Learning Centers across the country. This year, student participation raised over $35000 for community ...
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It's #WordProblemWednesday ! Flex your math muscles, solve this week's word problem, and check back tomorrow for the answer!

Isabel has a bicycle with wheels that measure 28 inches in diameter. How far will the bicycle go if the wheels rotate 100 times? (Round π to 3.14 to solve this problem.)
Zoom zoom! We're back with another installment of Word Problem Wednesday! Solve our bicycle-themed word problem below and check back tomorrow for the answer! Isabel has a bicycle with wheels that measure 28 inches in diameter. How far will the bicycle go if the wheels rotate 100 times?
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Here's the solution: The circumference of the wheel is approximately equal to its diameter multiplied by rounded π: 28 inches × 3.14 = 87.92 inches. If the wheel rotates 100 times, it’ll go 87.92 × 100 = 8,792 inches. That’s the same as 732 feet and 8 inches.
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Mathnasium is your neighborhood math learning center for students in 2nd through 12th grade. We began with a powerful idea: Teach kids math in a way that makes sense to them, and they'll actually enjoy math. When math makes sense, kids want to do more of it, building their confidence and setting them on the fast track to math mastery. There are over 700 Mathnasium locations worldwide—find your nearest center and experience the Mathnasium difference!    


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