Veterans Day

In celebration of Veterans Day, here are a few problems based on data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates.

In the United States in 2017, there were an estimated 251,047,650 adult civilians (persons 18 years of age and older not currently enlisted in the U.S. military). If 18,204,605 of those individuals were veterans, what percentage of the adult civilian population of the United States did veterans account for in 2017? Express your answer to the nearest hundredth.

 

Voter Turnout

In the town of Newtonville, 60% of the registered voters turned out to cast their votes in the most recent election. If 2814 residents of Newtonville voted in this election, how many registered voters were there in Newtonville?

We are told that 2814 represents 60% of the registered voters in Newtonville. Thus, there are 2814 ÷ 0.60 = 4690 registered voters in Newtonville.

Fall Leaves

It’s Autumn, and that means leaves are falling! Amber’s house occupies 2650 ft2 in the middle of a 50-foot by 80-foot parcel of land, and the leaves that fall cover the ground all around her house. If it takes Amber’s family 4.5 hours to rake all the leaves, how many square feet of leaves did they rake each hour?

Columbus Day

Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas accidentally. He was actually trying to find a faster trade route to Asia from Spain. Instead of sailing around the tip of Africa, Columbus believed he could sail west across the Atlantic Ocean to reach Asia. In planning his expedition, Columbus calculated the journey would be around 2300 miles, based on his estimation of the earth’s size. Nautical experts of the time disagreed with his calculations, estimating the distance would be closer to 12,200 miles.

Gourmet Candies

Sugar Shack gourmet candy shop’s signature candy mixture contains Sour Drops, Chocolate Chews and Tangy Twists in the ratio 2:3:4, respectively. How many more pounds of Tangy Twists than Sour Drops are in a 45-pound batch of this signature candy mixture?

Hot Air Balloons

Fall is a beautiful time of year to take a hot air balloon ride! You may not be able to take a balloon ride, but we hope you enjoy solving this week’s problems.

Melrose’s hot air balloon is a sphere of diameter 100 feet. How many cubic feet of air will Melrose’s hot air balloon hold when completely filled? Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest tenth.

What's for Lunch?

Each week, Devin buys school lunch on Friday because the cafeteria serves pizza every Friday. Monday through Thursday, Devin brings his lunch to school. The lunch he brings always includes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a fruit and a drink. Devin has enough fruit and drink options to make a different lunch every day that he brings lunch for the next four weeks. If Devin has the same number of fruit options as he has drink options and he takes no days off from school, how many different fruit options does he have?

Asteroid Blaster

In the video arcade game Asteroid Blaster there are a total of five rounds on the first level. During each round, asteroids appear on the screen and players must blast as many as possible before time expires. To advance to the next round, a player must destroy all the asteroids in the current round. This becomes more difficult to accomplish because the number of asteroids increases with each round. Rounds 1, 2 and 3 each have 1, 8 and 27 asteroids, respectively. If this pattern continues, how many asteroids will there be to destroy in Round 4?

Math Club Meetings

Ms. Cross leads The National Math Club at the middle school where she teaches. At the first club meeting of the school year, 60% of the students in attendance were boys. If there was one fewer girl than boy in attendance, how many students attended the first club meeting?

Happy New (School) Year!

A new school year often means new school clothes, new teachers and new friends. One of our favorite parts of a new school year is the release of a new MATHCOUNTS School Handbook! Download your free copy after solving a few problems from some previous handbooks.

Lily is going to the movies with Abby, Bea and Jaclyn. Abby wants to sit at the end of a row, and Bea only cares that she is seated next to Jaclyn. In how many different ways can the girls be seated in a single row that has only four seats?