Word Problem Wednesday – Pears and Oranges

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This week’s problem comes from Challenging Problems in Primary Schools – Intermediate by Dr Y H Leong, published in 2004 by SNP Panpac Pte Ltd.( Intermediate is for students in Primary 4 and 5.)

3 pears and 4 oranges cost $3.80. If 1 pear and 1 orange together cost $1.10, find the cost of 1 pear.



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Gavin has 356 cards. He has 286 more cards than Howie. How many cards must Gavin give to Howie so that they both have the same number of cards?

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  1. I don’t know how to draw bars on the computer…

    PPPOOOO= $3.80
    PPPOOO=$3.30 (3 x 1.10)
    therefore one O = .50 ($3.80-$3.30)

    Back to original…
    PO =$1.10
    if O=..50, P=.60 (1.10-.50)

    check: 3x.60=1.80 (pears)
    4x.50= $2.00 (oranges)
    $2.00 + $1.80= $3.80

    One pear costs 60 cents.

    And whoever “Americanized” this should have used mangoes because O’s look like 0’s in the model.

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