Hot Shot!

Hot Shot is an arcade basketball game in which the object is to make as many baskets as possible within the 60-second time limit. A player is awarded 2 points for each successful shot during the first 50 seconds of play and 3 points per successful shot during the final 10 seconds. Tyler had a bit of beginner’s luck in her first game scoring a total of 60 points. She wants to exceed this total in her second game.

'Tis the Season!

Ariel and Thomas are playing the Dreidel game. In their version of the game, players take turns spinning the dreidel and take various actions based on which symbol is face up when the dreidel stops spinning.

Get Out Your Shovels

For many of us, the thought of snow brings hopes of snow days, sledding or skiing. For others it means traffic jams and shoveling. Unfortunately for Roger’s father, he is in this second category. It usually takes Roger’s father 35 minutes to get to work. However, after the snowstorm it took him an hour and 15 minutes to get to work. What was the percent increase in his commute time to work?


Mrs. Hillstead has planned a dinner for 15 people this Thanksgiving. She bought 22.5 lbs of turkey, plus potatoes, cranberry salad, rolls and all of the traditional holiday food. Unfortunately, her daughter forgot to tell her that she was bringing three of her friends. If Mrs.

Making the Change

As September is winding down, we can see that nine of the twelve calendar months of the year have passed. This is 9/12 = 3/4 = 75% of 2020, when considering just the months. If we instead want to know what percent of the days in 2020 have passed at the end of the last day of September, what would that percentage be? Express your answer to the nearest tenth.

National Dog Day!

Olivia is planning to adopt a puppy on National Dog Day (August 26). The adoption fee at the local shelter is $150 plus a 4% tax. On her way to pick up the puppy, she stops at a store to buy a food dish, dog food, a water dish and a bed for her new pup that cost (before tax) $5, $10, $5 and $12, respectively.

Math in the Middle

At Tri-City Middle School, half of the 472 enrolled students are taking algebra. One-fifth of the students not taking algebra are taking geometry, and each of the remaining students is taking pre-algebra. How many students enrolled at Tri-City Middle School are taking pre-algebra? Express your answer to the nearest whole number.

Old Faithful

Old Faithful, a famous geyser in Yellowstone National Park, erupts approximately once every 77 minutes. (It used to erupt more frequently, but earthquakes have changed the geyser’s plumbing, so it’s not letting off a little steam as often as it used to.) Assuming that it spurts 8000 gallons of water each time, how many gallons will Old Faithful spurt in one year?