Basic Word Problems 2 - Sample Math Practice Problems

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Complexity=5, Mode=mulOnly

Solve.
 1.   There are 5 bags of crayons with 2 crayons in each bag. How many crayons are there in all? crayons 2.   There are 3 bags of books with 4 books in each bag. How many books are there in all? books

Complexity=9, Mode=mulOnly

Solve.
 1.   There are 7 packs of stickers with 3 stickers in each pack. How many stickers are there in all? stickers 2.   You will collect 3 bugs each month for 4 months. How many total bugs will you collect? bugs

Complexity=5, Mode=divOnly

Solve.
 1.   Pearl puts 8 crayons in 4 equal groups. How many crayons are in each group? crayons 2.   Cindy has 4 stickers. She wants to put 2 stickers in each box. How many boxes does she need? boxes

Complexity=9, Mode=divOnly

Solve.
 1.   Paul puts 10 pens in 2 equal groups. How many pens are in each group? pens 2.   Pearl has 45 cupcakes. She wants to put 5 cupcakes in each box. How many boxes does she need? boxes

Complexity=9, Mode=MulDiv

Solve.
 1.   There are 5 piles of coins with 5 coins in each pile. How many coins are there in all? coins 2.   Steven puts 18 cookies in 2 equal groups. How many cookies are in each group? cookies

Solve.
 1.   Tiffany has 6 packs of 5 pencils. She gives away 5 pencils. How many does she have left? pencils 2.   There are 4 blue picture frames and 2 brown picture frames on each shelf. How many picture frames are on 4 shelves? picture frames

Solve.
 1.   Miguel puts 24 cupcakes in 3 groups. Each group has the same number of cupcakes. How many cupcakes are in 2 groups? cupcakes 2.   Peter puts 45 stickers in 5 bags. Each bag has the same number of stickers. How many stickers are in 4 bags? stickers

Solve.
 1.   Peter has 1 box of 9 chocolates. He gives away 3 chocolates. How many does he have left? chocolates 2.   There are 3 blue picture frames and 1 brown picture frame on each shelf. How many picture frames are on 3 shelves? picture frames

Complexity=5, Mode=mulOnly

Solve.
1There are 5 bags of crayons with 2 crayons in
each bag. How many crayons are there in all?

crayons

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of crayons in all.
What information are you given?
There are 5 bags of crayons with 2 crayons in each bag.
Which operation should you use?
The key word each implies either multiplication or division.
Since you know the number of parts and the amount in each part, this implies multiplication.
Equation
5 × 2 = 10```
 number of groups number in each group total number 5 × 2 = 10
2There are 3 bags of books with 4 books in each
bag. How many books are there in all?

books

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of books in all.
What information are you given?
There are 3 bags of books with 4 books in each bag.
Which operation should you use?
The key word each implies either multiplication or division.
Since you know the number of parts and the amount in each part, this implies multiplication.
Equation
3 × 4 = 12```
 number of groups number in each group total number 3 × 4 = 12

Complexity=9, Mode=mulOnly

Solve.
1There are 7 packs of stickers with 3 stickers in
each pack. How many stickers are there in all?

stickers

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of stickers in all.
What information are you given?
There are 7 packs of stickers with 3 stickers in each pack.
Which operation should you use?
The key word each implies either multiplication or division.
Since you know the number of parts and the amount in each part, this implies multiplication.
Equation
7 × 3 = 21```
 number of groups number in each group total number 7 × 3 = 21
2You will collect 3 bugs each month for 4 months.
How many total bugs will you collect?

bugs

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Total number of bugs.
What information are you given?
You will collect 3 bugs each month for 4 months.
Which operation should you use?
The key word each implies either multiplication or division.
Since you know the number of parts and the amount in each part, this implies multiplication.
Equation
4 × 3 = 12```
 number of groups number in each group total number 4 × 3 = 12

Complexity=5, Mode=divOnly

Solve.
1Pearl puts 8 crayons in 4 equal groups. How many
crayons are in each group?

crayons

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of crayons per group.
What information are you given?
Pearl puts 8 crayons in 4 equal groups.
Which operation should you use?
Since the question asks for how many in each, this implies division.
Equation
8 ÷ 4 = 2```
 total number number of groups number in each group 8 ÷ 4 = 2
2Cindy has 4 stickers. She wants to put 2
stickers in each box. How many boxes does she
need?

boxes

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of boxes per box.
What information are you given?
Cindy has 4 stickers and wants to put 2 stickers in each box.
Which operation should you use?
The key word each implies either multiplication or division.
Since you know the total number of parts and the amount in each part, this implies division.
Equation
4 ÷ 2 = 2```
 total number number in each group number of groups 4 ÷ 2 = 2

Complexity=9, Mode=divOnly

Solve.
1Paul puts 10 pens in 2 equal groups. How many
pens are in each group?

pens

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of pens per group.
What information are you given?
Paul puts 10 pens in 2 equal groups.
Which operation should you use?
Since the question asks for how many in each, this implies division.
Equation
10 ÷ 2 = 5```
 total number number of groups number in each group 10 ÷ 2 = 5
2Pearl has 45 cupcakes. She wants to put 5
cupcakes in each box. How many boxes does she
need?

boxes

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of boxes per box.
What information are you given?
Pearl has 45 cupcakes and wants to put 5 cupcakes in each box.
Which operation should you use?
The key word each implies either multiplication or division.
Since you know the total number of parts and the amount in each part, this implies division.
Equation
45 ÷ 5 = 9```
 total number number in each group number of groups 45 ÷ 5 = 9

Complexity=9, Mode=MulDiv

Solve.
1There are 5 piles of coins with 5 coins in each
pile. How many coins are there in all?

coins

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of coins in all.
What information are you given?
There are 5 piles of coins with 5 coins in each pile.
Which operation should you use?
The key word each implies either multiplication or division.
Since you know the number of parts and the amount in each part, this implies multiplication.
Equation
5 × 5 = 25```
 number of groups number in each group total number 5 × 5 = 25
2Steven puts 18 cookies in 2 equal groups. How
many cookies are in each group?

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
What information are you given?
Steven puts 18 cookies in 2 equal groups.
Which operation should you use?
Since the question asks for how many in each, this implies division.
Equation
18 ÷ 2 = 9```
 total number number of groups number in each group 18 ÷ 2 = 9

Solve.
1Tiffany has 6 packs of 5 pencils. She gives away
5 pencils. How many does she have left?

pencils

Solution
Tiffany starts with 6 packs of 5 pencils.
6 × 5
Then she gives away 5 pencils.
- 5
So the total is
6 × 5 - 5 = 30 - 5 = 25 pencils
2There are 4 blue picture frames and 2 brown
picture frames on each shelf. How many picture
frames are on 4 shelves?

picture frames

Solution
There are 4 blue picture frames and 2 brown picture frames on each shelf.
4 + 2 picture frames on each shelf
For 4 shelves, there are
(4 + 2) × 4 = 6 × 4 = 24 picture frames

Solve.
1Miguel puts 24 cupcakes in 3 groups. Each group
has the same number of cupcakes. How many
cupcakes are in 2 groups?

cupcakes

Solution
Since there are an equal number of cupcakes in each group, there are
24 ÷ 3 = 8 cupcakes in each group
So in 2 groups there are
8 × 2 = 16 cupcakes
2Peter puts 45 stickers in 5 bags. Each bag has
the same number of stickers. How many stickers
are in 4 bags?

stickers

Solution
Since there are an equal number of stickers in each bag, there are
45 ÷ 5 = 9 stickers in each bag
So in 4 bags there are
9 × 4 = 36 stickers

Solve.
1Peter has 1 box of 9 chocolates. He gives away 3
chocolates. How many does he have left?

chocolates

Solution
Peter starts with 1 box of 9 chocolates.
1 × 9
Then he gives away 3 chocolates.
- 3
So the total is
1 × 9 - 3 = 9 - 3 = 6 chocolates
2There are 3 blue picture frames and 1 brown
picture frame on each shelf. How many picture
frames are on 3 shelves?

picture frames

Solution
There are 3 blue picture frames and 1 brown picture frame on each shelf.
3 + 1 picture frames on each shelf
For 3 shelves, there are
(3 + 1) × 3 = 4 × 3 = 12 picture frames