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Mathematics Problem Solving
Volume 5, Number 7, October 18, 1999
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**1.
Pamela has grown a 1,214 pound pumpkin. She’s very proud of
it because the heaviest pumpkin she ever grew before weighed 34 pounds.
She wants to tell her friends how many 34 pound pumpkins it would take
to weigh as much as her new record setter. What is the best way to
figure that out?**

a. She should pile
pumpkins that weigh 34 pounds on her bathroom scale until they weigh at
least 1,214 pounds altogether.

b. She should
subtract 34 from 1,214.

c. She should
multiply 1,214 by 34.

d. She should
divide 1,214 by 34.

e. She does
not have enough information to figure it out.

**2.
Cheryl is going to bake 180 cupcakes for her Halloween party. Her
recipe, for a dozen cupcakes, calls for two eggs. Which of the
following methods should she use to figure out how many eggs
she’ll need to make the 180 cupcakes?**

a. She should just
use 2 eggs and then observe how badly the cupcakes turn out.

b. She should
divide 180 by 2.

c. She should
multiply 180 by 2.

d. She should
divide 180 by 12 and then multiply that number by 2.

e. She should
multiply 180 by 12 and then add 2 to that number.

**3.
Robert has just finished picking a basket of apples. He knows that he
has exactly 51 apples. The apples will cost 50 cents a pound. Robert
wants to know
exactly how much the apples will cost before he pays the orchard owner.
Using a calculator or just pencil and paper, what can you do to figure
out the exact cost?**

a. You can multiply $
.50 by 51.

b. You can
divide 51 by 16 and then multiply that number by $ .50.

c. You can
tell Robert to eat one apple so that the answer can come out evern.

d. You can
multiply $ .50 by the product of 51 and 16.

e. You
don’t have enough information to figure out the answer.

**4.
Ryan wants to buy a gallon of cider. The cider costs severn dollars in
a gallon container and $ 2.27 in a quart container. Ryan knows that
four quarts equal one gallon and four quart containers would fit better
in his refrigerator. However, he wants to know how much money he can
save by purchasing the gallon container instead. How can he figure that
out?**

a. He can multiply 4
by $ 2.27 and then subtract $ 7.00 from that amount.

b. He can add
$ 2.27 and $ 7.00 and then divide that amount by 4.

c. He can buy
five quarts and then subtract $ 7.00 from whateverr they cost.

d. He does
not have enough information to figure it out.

e. He can
multiply $ 7.00 by 4 and then divide by $ 2.27.

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