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Elementary

At the Movies - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Explore the changes in movie and theater ... more>>

Back-to-school Supplies - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Help calculate the total bill for these back-to-school ... more>>

Birthday Beach Bash - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Help determine how many balloons were needed for party favors at the end of this ... more>>

Charlene Goes Shopping - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Charlene needs to add some items to her winter collection. Help her determine where she should ... more>>

Frugal Flooring - Marita Paynter
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Help Graeme determine how many tiles he needs to decorate his new bedroom and whether or not he can afford ... more>>

Frugal Freeda - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Help Freeda decide which store has the best ... more>>

Funny Money - Lisa Lavelle (adapted)
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Determine the amount of money Divya has in her ... more>>

Garden Fresh Fruit - Shrawan Khanna's Ninth Grade Class
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Help the poor farmer predict his revenue (if he can sell all his ... more>>

Georg Tricks the Troll - Terry Trotter
Elementary, difficulty level 3. Georg decides to tangle with the troll and see if he can make some ... more>>

Good Fences - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Design a fence that will keep the animals ... more>>

The Great Flood - Jon Basden
Elementary, difficulty level 3. How much "flood" water did Mr. Basden clean up with his shop ... more>>

Holiday Shopping and Surfing - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Help Charlene calculate the change she'll have left for holiday card supplies after she completes her online ... more>>

How Much Was That Ticket? - Lisa Lavelle - idea suggested by Jody Newman
Elementary, difficulty level 4. Determine how much I spent at the movie ... more>>

Idle Ivan and the Troll - Lisa Lavelle
Elementary, difficulty level 2. Idle Ivan makes a deal with a troll... to his disappointment he discovers he knows less math than he ... more>>

Irish Specials - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Calculate the final bill for our St. Patrick's Day dinner last ... more>>

Is There Really a Discount? - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Determine which friend is correct about the final price on a sales ... more>>

Lunch Bunch Budgets - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Determine the number of children needed for the lunch bunch budget to ... more>>

McPrincipal's Night at McDee's - Antonietta D.
Elementary, difficulty level 4. Just how much did the teachers from Mathematics Elementary School sell (and earn) in their charity ... more>>

Meters of Money - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Help Ms. Juncos's class determine the amount of money they will raise with this metric ... more>>

Payment in Kind - Lisa Lavelle (adapted)
Elementary, difficulty level 3. Determine the spouses of three kind women based on the details of their ... more>>

Price Tag Repair - Teaching the Young Learner Group
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Can you use the clues to help Cathy repair the price tags for the family yard ... more>>

Pushing Pennies - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Estimate the number of pennies that you can fit on a sheet of paper, then evaluate your ... more>>

Sacagawea Cheerios - Stephen Maurer
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Determine how many Sacagawea coins the government will give away during this Cheerios ... more>>

Summer at Sweet Tooth - Ross Shelter & Carrie Shankweiler
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Calculate Kate's earnings during her summer waitressing job. ... more>>

Super Deal Salsa - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Determine how much money was saved by buying salsa in ... more>>

Tatianna and the Troll - Terry Trotter, revised
Elementary, difficulty level 3. Tatianna tests the troll... and neither loses nor ... more>>

Water Park Adventure - Leon Roland & class
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How much does each member of the class need to earn to fund the field ... more>>

What a Move! - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Determine the number of hours it took the movers to move the Lavelles to their new home, as well as the ... more>>

Middle School

Back-to-School Shopping - Judy Ann Brown
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Mrs. Bender noticed that the total of the items her children purchased was $155. Can you determine the cost of ... more>>

Buying Cola - Leon Roland & class
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. Where should Chuck shop to get the most cola? Is this the best ... more>>

Car Rental Quandary - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. Compare the car rental deals using the given information. ... more>>

Coin Count - Roya Salehi and Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. Use the given information to determine the number of nickels and dimes in Lisa's bank. ... more>>

Commuting Conundrum - Suzanne Alejandre
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 2. Help Suzanne and Richard decide which train tickets will give them the most value for their ... more>>

Dishwasher Discounts - Pat Hagan
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 2. Purchasing a new dishwasher can involve a lot of math. Help find the best ... more>>

Flipping Over Pennies - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. How many equally likely outcomes are there when flipping 10 coins? ... more>>

A Holiday Gift for Grandmother Brown - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. Determine the cost of the dishwasher and the contribution from each of five children. ... more>>

January Sales - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 2. Mathematicians, put away your calculators and help Lynne estimate the cost of a set of golf ... more>>

Making Money - Alice Miller
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. How much money would you have by December 31, 1999, if you put 10 cents in the special "math" bank on January 1, ... more>>

Math Club Lollipop Profits - Judy Ann Brown
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. The Math Club plans to sell lollipops. Help them to calculate their profit. ... more>>

Money in the Bank - Judy Ann Brown
Middle School, difficulty level 2. All but seven of the 49 coins in my bank are quarters and nickels. How much money could I have? ... more>>

The Most Appealing Nose Contest - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. Use the given information to determine the amount of money raised for the Humane Society by the Student Council. ... more>>

Office Tile Choice - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. Find the total cost of purchasing tiles for my ... more>>

Price Fluidity - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 2. Compare the per-gallon cost of eleven different liquids, and put them in order from least to most expensive. ... more>>

Shopping Spree - Judy Ann Brown
Middle School, difficulty level 1. Jamie is shopping for holiday presents. How many $9.49 shirts can she buy? How much change will she have left? ... more>>

The Silver Mile - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. Determine the total value of the coins in a silver ... more>>

Algebra

A 2-for-1 Lunch - Marsha Hurwitz
Algebra, difficulty level 2. Two boys had lunch on a two-for-one coupon, plus taxes and tips. What was their percent of savings on the transaction? ... more>>

The Christmas Gifts - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 2. A grandfather doles out his annual Christmas gifts to his beloved grandchildren in a most unusual way - mathematical, of ... more>>

The Custom of Customs - Ethel Breuche
Algebra, difficulty level 2. Two wine merchants enter Paris with their merchandise. They need to pay custom duties. Each pays with francs and with ... more>>

A Day at the Fairs - Terry Trotter via Kraitchik & Chuquet
Algebra, difficulty level 2. A merchant went selling and buying at three city fairs. Did he make a profit or take a ... more>>

Four Men and Some Money - Daboll
Algebra, difficulty level 1. Four men (A, B, C, & D) are splitting up a quantity of money ($100), and need your help to do ... more>>

Generosity - Ethel Breuche
Algebra, difficulty level 2. Three generous friends, each with some cash, redistribute their ... more>>

Lettuce for Sale - Ethel Breuche
Algebra, difficulty level 1. Using a linear equation, determine the number of heads of lettuce sold on ... more>>

The Mensa Toy Store - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 2. The prices are strange in this store. Can you decipher ... more>>

Partners in Pizza - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 2. Three friends share the cost of a pizza. How much does each ... more>>

Phone-O-Graph Phollies - Bill Graham
Algebra, difficulty level 2. Students are asked to use algebra to compare three telephone calling plans to determine at what number of calls each ... more>>

The Price of Pollo - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 2. Use a linear equation model to predict a future price of fried ... more>>

Profits and Lots - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 1. A person buys some land, keeps some for himself, divides the rest into lots, and sells them, thus making a ... more>>

Sam and Teri Revisited - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 3. A bank account deposit-withdrawal problem with a ... more>>

Sam and Teri's Bank Accounts - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 1. Sam and Teri have bank accounts. Sam always withdraws money; Teri always saves it. When will they have equal ... more>>

Shanell's Holiday Treats - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 3. Given some data about purchasing fancy nuts for cooking, find the total cost of buying one pound of each ... more>>

Susita's Savings Account - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 2. Find the original balance in Susita's savings ... more>>

The Unhappy Carpenter - Ethel Breuche
Algebra, difficulty level 1. A carpenter agrees to be paid a certain amount of money when she works, and to repay money on the days she doesn't work. ... more>>

Walter's Weird Wages - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 2. Walter's eccentric parents give their son his housework wages in a strange way. Can you determine how much he receives? ... more>>

Geometry

Magic Coins - Annie Fetter
Geometry, difficulty level 3. How come you can fit a quarter through a hole the size of a dime? Find a pair of coins in another system of money that ... more>>

Discrete Math

Count Your Seinneps - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. Find a system of coins that uses the fewest number of coins possible without repeating ... more>>

A Great Way to Make Money? - Leigh Nataro
Discrete Math, difficulty level 2. Is it better to rely on a weekly pay of $10, or take a chance on the money that is in a paper bag? ... more>>

Heads or Tails - Leigh Nataro
Discrete Math, difficulty level 2. Is it possible to have an arrangement of four coins go from HHHH to TTTT based on the rules given for flipping the ... more>>

Minimal Minnie's Cost - Ethel Breuche, Dona Coffey
Discrete Math, difficulty level 2. Building a rail line that connects a number of different cities: a problem that involves graph theory, minimal ... more>>

Moving the Lincolns - Leigh Nataro
Discrete Math, difficulty level 4. How many moves are needed to turn a triangular array of pennies upside ... more>>

Paper, Scissors, Rock - Leigh Nataro
Discrete Math, difficulty level 2. How many ways can Timmy go broke or win $3 in the game of paper, scissors, ... more>>

Trigonometry/Calculus

Costly Cable - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 3. Find where to lay a fiber optic cable in order to minimize the ... more>>

Making Money at the Movies - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 3. How much should the manager of a theater raise his prices in order to maximize his ... more>>

My Snow-Shoveling Business - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. Determine the number of customers needed to maximize the revenue for a snow-shoveling ... more>>


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