Fraction Word Problems 2 - Sample Math Practice Problems

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Complexity=4, Mode=simple

Solve. Give the answer in simplest form.
1.   Cindy runs 2/3 kilometer each day for 9 days. How many kilometers did she run total?
 kilometers
2.   John uses 6 cups of cornmeal to make 9 servings of a recipe. How many cups of cornmeal does each serving need?
 cups

Complexity=8, Mode=simple

Solve. Give the answer in simplest form.
1.   There are 40 sweaters on a chair and 6/8 are green. How many sweaters on the chair are green?
 sweaters
2.   Pearl runs 1/3 mile each day for 8 days. How many miles did she run total?
 miles

Complexity=12, Mode=simple

Solve. Give the answer in simplest form.
1.   There are 48 teddy bears on a desk and 4/8 are blue. How many teddy bears on the desk are blue?
 teddy bears
2.   Paul uses 52/5 tablespoons of vanilla extract to make 6 servings of a recipe. How many tablespoons of vanilla extract does each serving need?
 tablespoons

Complexity=4, Mode=mixed

Solve. Give the answer in simplest form.
1.   Cindy had 31/2 cans of paint and used 13/4 cans for a project. What fraction of the paint did she use? 2.   Steven had 11/2 cans of paint and used 3/8 can for an art project. What fraction of the paint did he use?

Complexity=8, Mode=mixed

Solve. Give the answer in simplest form.
1.   In a bakery, 1/3 of the customers buy cookies. Of those who buy cookies, 1/3 buy peanut butter cookies. What fraction of the customers in the bakery buy peanut butter cookies? 2.   In a classroom, 1/2 of the students like school. Of those who like school, 1/2 like recess. What fraction of the students in the classroom like recess?

Complexity=12, Mode=mixed

Solve. Give the answer in simplest form.
1.   In a restaurant, 4/6 of the diners order drinks. Of those who order drinks, 1/4 order coffee. What fraction of the diners in the restaurant order coffee? 2.   Peter had 33/10 yards of trim and used 33/40 yard for a costume. What fraction of the trim did he use?

Complexity=4, Mode=simple

Solve. Give the answer in simplest form.
1Cindy runs 2/3 kilometer each day for 9 days. How many kilometers did she run total?
 kilometers
Solution
Number of kilometers Cindy ran.
What information do you have?
Cindy runs 2/3 kilometer each day for 9 days.
What operation do you use?
The key word each implies either multiplication or division.
Since we are given the number of days and the amount each day, this implies multiplication.
Also, the key word total implies multiplication.
Equation
 23
* 9 = 6
2John uses 6 cups of cornmeal to make 9 servings of a recipe. How many cups of cornmeal does each serving need?
 cups
Solution
Amount of cornmeal needed for each serving.
What information do you have?
6 cups of cornmeal were used.
What operation do you use?
Since the question asks to find the amount per part (or for each serving), this implies division.
Equation
6 ÷ 9 =
 69
 69
=
 23

Complexity=8, Mode=simple

Solve. Give the answer in simplest form.
1There are 40 sweaters on a chair and 6/8 are green. How many sweaters on the chair are green?
 sweaters
Solution
Number of sweaters that are green
What information do you have?
6 out of every 8 sweaters (or 6/8) of the 40 sweaters are green.
What operation do you use?
We are looking for a fraction of a group which means multiplication.
Equation
40 *
 68
= 30
2Pearl runs 1/3 mile each day for 8 days. How many miles did she run total?
 miles
Solution
Number of miles Pearl ran.
What information do you have?
Pearl runs 1/3 mile each day for 8 days.
What operation do you use?
The key word each implies either multiplication or division.
Since we are given the number of days and the amount each day, this implies multiplication.
Also, the key word total implies multiplication.
Equation
 13
* 8 =
 2 23

Complexity=12, Mode=simple

Solve. Give the answer in simplest form.
1There are 48 teddy bears on a desk and 4/8 are blue. How many teddy bears on the desk are blue?
 teddy bears
Solution
Number of teddy bears that are blue
What information do you have?
4 out of every 8 teddy bears (or 4/8) of the 48 teddy bears are blue.
What operation do you use?
We are looking for a fraction of a group which means multiplication.
Equation
48 *
 48
= 24
2Paul uses 52/5 tablespoons of vanilla extract to make 6 servings of a recipe. How many tablespoons of vanilla extract does each serving need?
 tablespoons
Solution
Amount of vanilla extract needed for each serving.
What information do you have?
52/5 tablespoons of vanilla extract were used.
What operation do you use?
Since the question asks to find the amount per part (or for each serving), this implies division.
Equation
 5 25
÷ 6 =
 910

Complexity=4, Mode=mixed

Solve. Give the answer in simplest form.
1Cindy had 31/2 cans of paint and used 13/4 cans for a project. What fraction of the paint did she use?
Solution
Fraction of the paint that was used.
What information do you have?
Cindy used 13/4 cans out of 31/2 cans.
What operation do you use?
A fraction is the amount of something out of a total amount.
This means division.
Equation
Fraction of paint used =
 Amount of paint usedTotal amount of paint
=
 13/4 cans31/2 cans
 1 34
÷
 3 12
=
 12
2Steven had 11/2 cans of paint and used 3/8 can for an art project. What fraction of the paint did he use?
Solution
Fraction of the paint that was used.
What information do you have?
Steven used 3/8 can out of 11/2 cans.
What operation do you use?
A fraction is the amount of something out of a total amount.
This means division.
Equation
Fraction of paint used =
 Amount of paint usedTotal amount of paint
=
 3/8 can11/2 cans
 38
÷
 1 12
=
 14

Complexity=8, Mode=mixed

Solve. Give the answer in simplest form.
Solution
What information do you have?
What operation do you use?
A fraction of something means multiplication.
Equation
 13
*
 13
=
 19
2In a classroom, 1/2 of the students like school. Of those who like school, 1/2 like recess. What fraction of the students in the classroom like recess?
Solution
Fraction of the students who like recess.
What information do you have?
1/2 of the students like school.
1/2 like recess of those students who like school.
What operation do you use?
A fraction of something means multiplication.
Equation
 12
*
 12
=
 14

Complexity=12, Mode=mixed

Solve. Give the answer in simplest form.
1In a restaurant, 4/6 of the diners order drinks. Of those who order drinks, 1/4 order coffee. What fraction of the diners in the restaurant order coffee?
Solution
Fraction of the diners who order coffee.
What information do you have?
4/6 of the diners order drinks.
1/4 order coffee of those diners who order drinks.
What operation do you use?
A fraction of something means multiplication.
Equation
 46
*
 14
=
 16
2Peter had 33/10 yards of trim and used 33/40 yard for a costume. What fraction of the trim did he use?
Solution
Fraction of the trim that was used.
What information do you have?
Peter used 33/40 yard out of 33/10 yards.
What operation do you use?
A fraction is the amount of something out of a total amount.
This means division.
Equation
Fraction of trim used =
 Amount of trim usedTotal amount of trim
=
 33/40 yard33/10 yards
 3340
÷
 3 310
=
 14