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## Basic Word Problems - Sample Math Practice Problems

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Solve.

 1 There are 2 bell peppers and 1 beet in a basket. How many vegetables are there? vegetables 2 You have 3 magazines. Miguel gives you 1 more. How many total magazines do have? magazines

Solve.

 1 There are 6 peaches and 2 cherries in a basket. How many pieces of fruit are there? pieces of fruit 2 Jose has 4 magazines. Mike gives him 1 more. How many total magazines does have? magazines

### Complexity=5, Mode=subOnly

Solve.

 1 There are 5 animals in a zoo. Two are snakes and the rest are monkeys. How many monkeys are there? monkeys 2 Maria sees 4 pieces of candy in a candy dish. Two are gumdrops and the rest are candy bars. How many candy bars are there? candy bars

### Complexity=9, Mode=subOnly

Solve.

 1 There are 10 animals in a zoo. Five are snakes and the rest are giraffes. How many giraffes are there? giraffes 2 Mary sees 7 animals in a zoo. Four are snakes and the rest are zebras. How many zebras are there? zebras

Solve.

 1 Mike has 14 pencils. He gives Sharon 5 pencils. How many pencils does Mike have left? pencils 2 There are 9 potatoes and 1 mushroom on a table. How many vegetables are there? vegetables

Solve.

 1 There are 8 blue gems, 6 white gems, and 6 yellow gems on a bracelet. How many white and yellow gems are there? gems 2 John sends 1 card in October, 2 cards in November, and 9 cards in December. How many cards did he send altogether? cards

Solve.

 1 Mike has 6 cookies. Mary gives him more. Now Mike has 7 cookies. How many cookies did Mary give him? cookies 2 There are 11 party hats at a party. Two are green and 3 are purple. The rest are brown. How many brown party hats are there? party hats

Solve.

 1 There are 14 chairs at a party. Eight are yellow and 2 are black. The rest are orange. How many orange chairs are there? chairs 2 Peter has 4 pens. Jose gives him more. Now Peter has 11 pens. How many pens did Jose give him? pens

Solve.

1There are 2 bell peppers and 1 beet in a basket. How many vegetables are there?
vegetables

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Total number of vegetables.
What information are you given?
There are 2 bell peppers and 1 beet.
Bell peppers and beets are vegetables.
Which operation should you use?
Since you know the amount in the two groups but not the total, this implies addition (+).
Equation
2 + 1 = 3```
2You have 3 magazines. Miguel gives you 1 more. How many total magazines do have?
magazines

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Total number of magazines you have.
What information are you given?
You have 3 magazines.
You get 1 more magazine from Miguel.
Which operation should you use?
The key word total in the question implies addition (+).
Equation
3 + 1 = 4```

Solve.

1There are 6 peaches and 2 cherries in a basket. How many pieces of fruit are there?
pieces of fruit

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Total number of pieces of fruit.
What information are you given?
There are 6 peaches and 2 cherries.
Peaches and cherries are pieces of fruit.
Which operation should you use?
Since you know the amount in the two groups but not the total, this implies addition (+).
Equation
6 + 2 = 8```
2Jose has 4 magazines. Mike gives him 1 more. How many total magazines does have?
magazines

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Total number of magazines Jose has.
What information are you given?
Jose has 4 magazines.
He gets 1 more magazine from Mike.
Which operation should you use?
The key word total in the question implies addition (+).
Equation
4 + 1 = 5```

### Complexity=5, Mode=subOnly

Solve.

1There are 5 animals in a zoo. Two are snakes and the rest are monkeys. How many monkeys are there?
monkeys

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of monkeys.
What information are you given?
Out of 5 animals, 2 are snakes.
The rest are monkeys.
Which operation should you use?
Since you know the total and the amount in one of the two groups, this implies subtraction (-).
Equation
5 - 2 = 3```
2Maria sees 4 pieces of candy in a candy dish. Two are gumdrops and the rest are candy bars. How many candy bars are there?
candy bars

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of candy bars.
What information are you given?
Out of 4 pieces of candy, 2 are gumdrops.
The rest are candy bars.
Which operation should you use?
Since you know the total and the amount in one of the two groups, this implies subtraction (-).
Equation
4 - 2 = 2```

### Complexity=9, Mode=subOnly

Solve.

1There are 10 animals in a zoo. Five are snakes and the rest are giraffes. How many giraffes are there?
giraffes

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of giraffes.
What information are you given?
Out of 10 animals, 5 are snakes.
The rest are giraffes.
Which operation should you use?
Since you know the total and the amount in one of the two groups, this implies subtraction (-).
Equation
10 - 5 = 5```
2Mary sees 7 animals in a zoo. Four are snakes and the rest are zebras. How many zebras are there?
zebras

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of zebras.
What information are you given?
Out of 7 animals, 4 are snakes.
The rest are zebras.
Which operation should you use?
Since you know the total and the amount in one of the two groups, this implies subtraction (-).
Equation
7 - 4 = 3```

Solve.

1Mike has 14 pencils. He gives Sharon 5 pencils. How many pencils does Mike have left?
pencils

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of pencils Mike has left.
What information are you given?
Mike has 14 pencils.
He gives away 5 pencils to Sharon.
Which operation should you use?
The key word left in the question means something was taken away.
This implies subtraction (-).
Equation
14 - 5 = 9```
2There are 9 potatoes and 1 mushroom on a table. How many vegetables are there?
vegetables

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Total number of vegetables.
What information are you given?
There are 9 potatoes and 1 mushroom.
Potatoes and mushrooms are vegetables.
Which operation should you use?
Since you know the amount in the two groups but not the total, this implies addition (+).
Equation
9 + 1 = 10```

Solve.

1There are 8 blue gems, 6 white gems, and 6 yellow gems on a bracelet. How many white and yellow gems are there?
gems

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of white and yellow gems.
What information are you given?
There are 6 white gems.
There are 6 yellow gems.
Which operation should you use?
Since you know the amount in the two groups but not the total, this implies addition (+).
Equation
6 + 6 = 12```
2John sends 1 card in October, 2 cards in November, and 9 cards in December. How many cards did he send altogether?
cards

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of cards John sent altogether.
What information are you given?
John sent 1 card in October.
He sent 2 cards in November.
He sent 9 cards in December.
Which operation should you use?
The key word altogether in the question implies addition (+).
Equation
1 + 2 + 9 = 12```

Solve.

1Mike has 6 cookies. Mary gives him more. Now Mike has 7 cookies. How many cookies did Mary give him?

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of cookies Mary gave Mike.
What information are you given?
He ended up with 7 cookies
Which operation should you use?
Since you know the total and the amount in one out of two groups, this implies subtraction (-).
Equation
7 - 6 = 1```
2There are 11 party hats at a party. Two are green and 3 are purple. The rest are brown. How many brown party hats are there?
party hats

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of brown party hats.
What information are you given?
Out of 11 party hats, 2 are green and 3 are purple.
The rest are brown.
Which operation should you use?
Since you know the total and the amount in all but one group, this implies subtraction (-).
Equation
11 - 2 - 3 = 6```

Solve.

1There are 14 chairs at a party. Eight are yellow and 2 are black. The rest are orange. How many orange chairs are there?
chairs

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of orange chairs.
What information are you given?
Out of 14 chairs, 8 are yellow and 2 are black.
The rest are orange.
Which operation should you use?
Since you know the total and the amount in all but one group, this implies subtraction (-).
Equation
14 - 8 - 2 = 4```
2Peter has 4 pens. Jose gives him more. Now Peter has 11 pens. How many pens did Jose give him?
pens

Solution
```What is the problem asking for?
Number of pens Jose gave Peter.
What information are you given?
Peter started with 4 pens.
He ended up with 11 pens
Which operation should you use?
Since you know the total and the amount in one out of two groups, this implies subtraction (-).
Equation
11 - 4 = 7```   