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Elementary

Across Europe - Lisa Lavelle
Elementary, difficulty level 3. Calculate Tray's gift "budget" during her first year working for Capital City Guidebooks (requires a bit of geography ... more>>

Across the Netherlands - Maggie Hos-McGrane
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 5. Help sort out this bike trip through the Netherlands (requires a bit of map reading). Initially a two-week ... more>>

Across Wisconsin - Jo Wenzler
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Determine how long it will take this athletic math teacher to bike across Wisconsin (requires a little map ... more>>

Flying Time Zones - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Help me figure out what time my watch should show when I land in ... more>>

A Million in Time - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. "Human beings can expect to live a million..." Use your conversion skills to determine which unit of time best ... more>>

More Mowing Madness - George Miller and Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Where should Matt and Georgette change places to evenly split their "Matt-mowing" ... more>>

Mr. W. Goes Across Australia - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 5. Help Mr. W figure out when he needs to start his trip in order to meet Mrs. W on time (requires a bit of map ... more>>

The Olympic Distance - Shrawan Khanna & Class
Elementary, difficulty level 4. Determine how many kilometres the Russian Olympic team members will travel in attending the 2002 Winter ... more>>

Perfect Passengers - Mrs. Clark's Sixth Grade Stars
Elementary, difficulty level 2. See if you can determine who's who using clues to their eye color and ... more>>

Railroad Crossing - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Determine how far apart Division Junction and Logarithm Square are, based on the time Emily and Edward ... more>>

Speeders, Beware! - Stephen Maurer (and Chief Brian Craig)
Elementary, difficulty level 4. Evaluate the method the Swarthmore Borough Police Department uses for catching ... more>>

Tourists in Turkey - Arda Antikacioglu
Elementary, difficulty level 4. Analyze tourism data from Turkey to discover how many people visited specific areas of the country last ... 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>>

Middle School

California Dreaming - Judy Ann Brown
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Determine the length of time that will be needed to drive from Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Los Angeles, ... more>>

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

Distance Driving - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. Write an expression that will help you determine how long it will take the car to travel any given number of ... more>>

Downhill All the Way - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 2. Starting at 10,000 feet above sea level, descending a 6% grade followed by a 4% grade will put a car how many feet ... more>>

Frequent Flier Figuring - Judy Ann Brown
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Use Web resources to help plan the shortest route from Allentown, Pennsylvania, to New Orleans, ... more>>

Math Club Ski Trip - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 2. Mrs. Germain and her friend, Mrs. Granville, need your help to plan the shortest route to visit five local ski ... more>>

Sailing Around the World - Leon Roland & class
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 2. Determine the amounts of the supplies that Giuseppi Linguini will need to sail around the ... more>>

Algebra

Highway Miles - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 2. Find the number of miles a person travels on a highway, given the number of gallons of gas and the consumption ... more>>

Lucie and Daryl's Bike Ride - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 2. A sister and brother who ride bikes provide us with a math challenge concerning distance, rate, and time. ... more>>

To Grandmother's House We Go - Ethel Breuche
Algebra, difficulty level 4. Red Riding Hood goes to visit Grandmother for the holidays at the same time that Grandmother heads out to visit Red. ... more>>

Up the Down Elevator - Ethel Breuche
Algebra, difficulty level 2. Juanita has to use a freight elevator to deliver packages but can use the passenger elevator to return. What is her ... more>>

The Way the Crazy Crow Flies - Janet Bowers
Algebra, difficulty level 3. A crazy crow flies back and forth between two trains that are approaching each other on parallel tracks. How far does ... more>>

Discrete Math

Dona and Dennis Go Traveling - Dona Coffey
Discrete Math, difficulty level 2. Using matrix addition, students determine how many means of transportion they have in getting from city to ... 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>>

Mother's Chores - Jim Greene
Discrete Math, difficulty level 1. A Traveling Salesperson Problem. Tom's mother needs to make several stops around the city and then get home. What ... more>>

New York Tours - Sharon Edelkind
Discrete Math, difficulty level 2. Use vertex coloring to solve conflicting New York tour bus ... more>>

The Termite and the Cube - Jared Hammond
Discrete Math, difficulty level 1. Can a termite, traveling only vertically or horizontally through a 3x3x3 Rubik-like cube, go through every cube ... more>>

Train Travel - Dona Coffey
Discrete Math, difficulty level 2. Dona is in charge of setting up a new train service to connect nine towns in a county. What's the minimum cost? ... more>>

Trigonometry/Calculus

Adventure Airlines - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 1. How far from the airport does the plane need to begin its descent? ... more>>

Center Coordinates - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. Find the coordinates of the center of a circle circumscribed around a ... more>>

Don't Be Late for Dinner - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. Based on given distances, determine whether Susy will be late getting home for ... more>>

Goose Bay Mountain - Johnson, Patnode, Desautels, Brault, Mahoney
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. Using trigonometry, find the angle of takeoff needed for a plane to clear a ... more>>

Swimming Sea Turtles - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 4. Using latitude and longitude data collected from three sea turtles, determine how far each turtle is from its starting ... more>>

Up, Up, and Away (Part II) - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 3. Find the compass setting required to send a balloon on the shortest route from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Essex Junction, ... more>>

Up, Up, and Away (Part I) - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 4. Can you determine the shortest distance a balloon could travel from Essex Junction, Vermont, to Honolulu, ... more>>

Where in the World is Essex Junction? - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 3. How far is Essex Junction, Vermont, from the ... more>>

Where Is Whitehall? - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 3. Find the distance from Whitehall, Pennsylvania, to the ... more>>


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