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.

Apples, Apples, Apples!

The Farmers Market sells apples by the bushel, and each bushel of apples weighs 42 lbs. A bushel of large apples contains 84 apples. If a bushel of small apples contains twice as many apples as a bushel of large apples, how many small apples are in 1 lb of apples? 

School Makeover

Lou has been contracted to tile classroom floors as part of the renovation of a local school. During the first five days on the job, Lou completed tiling 4, 5, 6, 4 and 8 classrooms, respectively.  What is the average number of classrooms Lou tiled each day during that five-day period? Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest tenth.

Back to School

It’s a staple of American school lunches: peanut butter sandwiches (usually with jelly, too). The average American child will eat 1500 peanut butter sandwiches by the time she graduates from high school! (On average, that’s one sandwich every four days.) It takes 850 peanuts to make an 18-oz jar of peanut butter, and an average sandwich has two ounces of peanut butter on it.

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?

The Fourth of July

When most of us think of the Fourth of July, we think of fireworks!  Over the years, fireworks have become more and more elaborate.  However, this is also the time of year when safety agencies are concerned about the improper use of fireworks and the possible injuries that can occur.  Fireworks are safer now than they used to be but can still cause very serious injuries. In 1990, there were 17.8 injuries per 100,000 pounds of fireworks.