Gallery Problems

Gallery Problems

Tiling a Floor

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Tiling a Floor

Jack wants to tile a 12 foot by 12 foot room. He is considering two sizes of square tiles. The tiles with side length 34 foot cost $3.89 each. The tiles with side length113 foot cost $8.75 each.

  1. For which size tile will the total cost of tiling the room be less? How much less will it be? Show all your work and explain how you found your answers.
  2. Jack’s friend bought the 113 foot tiles and spent $472.50 on the tiles. How many tiles did she buy?

Adam's Homework

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Adam's Homework

This is Adam’s homework. Read the problem. Then look at his work.

  • Ricky has 133 goldfish. He wants to put them into 9 fish tanks. If he distributes the fish equally among the fish tanks, how many fish should he put in each tank?
  • How can you tell, just by looking, that Adam did not follow the usual rules of long division?
  • Solve the problem using the usual rules of long division. Label each number in your solution to show what it represents.

Then and Now

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Then and Now

Every 10 years, the United States government conducts a census. The census attempts to accurately determine the population. It also gathers information about topics such as jobs and education. The questions below are based on results from the 1940 and 2010 censuses. (Source: census.gov)

  1. The U.S. population in 2010 was 308.7 million. This is about 2.3 times the 1940 population. What was the approximate 1940 population?
  2. In 2010, about 10% (0.10) of working Americans were involved in manufacturing. In 1940, about 0.25 of working Americans were involved in manufacturing. The decimal 0.25 is how many times the decimal 0.10?
  3. In 1940, the median income for working men was $956. In 2010, the median income for working men was about 34.8 times this amount. What was the median income for working men in 2010?

Graphical Multiplication

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Graphical Multiplication

  • Copy this picture. Then locate the product m x p as precisely as you can.

When Does Zero Matter?

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When Does Zero Matter?

Work with a partner.

  • Take turns choosing a card. Decide whether the statement on the card belongs in the “Always True” or  “Sometimes True” column.
  • Explain to your partner how you made your decision. Your partner should either agree with your explanation or challenge it if he or she thinks your explanation is not clear, correct, and complete.
  • When you both agree, move the card into the appropriate column.