It's a New Year!

Now that 2020 is finally here, let’s see what we can do with this new number! 

If the perimeter of a particular square is 2020 inches, what is the area of the square, in square inches?  Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest hundredth.

Thanksgiving Dinner Preparation

In preparation for Thanksgiving dinner, Mrs. Cobble decided to get a new tablecloth for the dining room table.  Her rectangular table measures 3.5 feet by 6 feet, and she would like the tablecloth to hang exactly 9 inches over each side.  What is the area, in square feet, of the ideal tablecloth for Mrs. Cobble?

A Salute to the Flag

In honor of Veteran’s Day, people around the country are flying American flags. For many people, finding flags to buy in stores was next to impossible due to the great demand.  Therefore, many of us got creative, and started making our own handmade flags out of paper, pins, construction paper, fabric, etc.

Fall vs. Autumn

As the weather is turning cooler and daylight is arriving later in the morning and trees are starting to lose their leaves, many of us are noticing that summer is over and we’re well into fall.  Or is it autumn?  Mr. Kravis surveyed his class, and out of 28 students (with every student picking exactly one of the two options), the ratio of the number of students who called the season “fall” to the number of students who called the season “autumn” was 3:1.  How many students called the season “fall?”

A Maze of Maize

Bethany and her family are attending the Funville Town Fall Festival, and the first thing they do is get in line for the Maize (corn) Maze. When Bethany gets to the entrance of the Maze she is facing north. Following the paths, she walks straight ahead for 10 feet and reaches an intersection at which she turns right and walks 40 feet east, at which point the path dead ends. Bethany decides to back-track 15 feet and turns south. She walks 5 feet south and then turns and walks 6 feet east. If Bethany was to walk straight back to the entrance, cutting through the corn

Father's Day

For Father’s Day, Martin’s family is having a barbeque. Martin is making the lemonade. If the directions calls for 2 tablespoons of mix per quart of water, how many tablespoons of mix are needed to make 1.5 gallons of lemonade?

Fly a Kite

Molly has sketched a design for her new kite on a coordinate grid. The sides of her quadrilateral kite design are given by the equations y = (2/3)x + 30, y = (−2/3)x + 50, y = −2x + 30 and y = 2x – 30. How many square units are in the area of Molly’s design?

The Road to Nationals

“Job well done!” to all the Mathletes® who participated in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series at the school, chapter and state levels. And congratulations to the 224 students who are headed to Orlando next month to compete in the 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition! Let’s look at some of the challenging problems competitors faced on the road to Nationals!

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