Grade 6 Math word Problems
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  1. Two numbers N and 16 have LCM = 48 and GCF = 8. Find N.

    Solution

    The product of two integers is equal to the product of their LCM and GCF. Hence.

    16 × N = 48 × 8

    N = 48 × 8 / 16 = 24

  2. If the area of a circle is 81pi square feet, find its circumference.

    Solution

    The area is given by pi × r × r. Hence

    pi × r × r = 81 pi

    r × r = 81 ; hence r = 81 feet

    The circumference is given by

    2 × pi × r = 2 × pi × 9 = 18 pi feet

  3. Find the greatest common factor (GFC) of 24, 40 and 60.

    We first write the prime factorization of each given number

    24 = 2 × 2 × 2 × 3 = 23 × 3

    40 = 2 × 2 × 2 × 5 = 23 × 5

    60 = 2 × 2 × 3 × 5 = 22 × 3 × 5

    GFC = 22 = 4

  4. In a given school, there 240 boys and 260 girls.
    a) What is the ratio of the number of girls to the number of boys?
    b) What is the ratio of the number of boys to the total number of pupils in the school?

    Solution

    a) ratio of girls to boys

    260:240 or 13:12

    b) ratio of boys to the total number of pupils

    240:(240+260) or 240:500 or 12:25

  5. If Tim had lunch at $50.50 and he gave 20% tip, how much did he spend?

    Solution

    The tip is 20% of what he paid for lunch. Hence

    tip = 20% of 50.50 = (20/100)*50.50 = 101/100 = $10.10

    Total spent

    50.50 + 10.10 = $60.60

  6. Find k if 64 ÷ k = 4.

    Solution

    Since 64 ÷ k = 4 and 64 ÷ 16 = 4, then

    k = 16

  7. Little John had $8.50. He spent $1.25 on sweets and gave to his two friends $1.20 each. How much money was left?

    Solution

    John spent and gave to his two friends a total of

    1.25 + 1.20 + 1.20 = $3.65

    Money left

    8.50 - 3.65 = $4.85

  8. What is x if x + 2y = 10 and y = 3?

    Solution

    Substitute y by 3 in x + 2y = 10

    x + 2(3) = 10

    x + 6 = 10

    If we substitute x by 4 in x + 6 = 10, we have 4 + 6 = 10. Hence

    x = 4

  9. A telephone company charges initially $0.50 and then $0.11 for every minute. Write an expression that gives the cost of a call that lasts N minutes.

    Solution

    Cost C for a call of 1 minute

    C = 0.50 + 0.11

    Cost C for a call of 2 minutes

    C = 0.50 + 0.11 + 0.11 = 0.50 + 2 × 0.11

    Cost C for a call of 3 minutes

    C = 0.50 + 0.11 + 0.11 + 0.11 = 0.50 + 3 × 0.11

    We note that the cost C is equal to

    C = 0.50 + (number of minutes) × 0.11

    If N is the number of minutes, the cost C is given by

    C = 0.50 + N × 0.11

  10. A car gets 40 kilometers per gallon of gasoline. How many gallons of gasoline would the car need to travel 180 kilometers?

    Solution

    Each 40 kilometers, 1 gallon is needed. We need to know how many 40 kilometers are there in 180 kilometers?

    180 ÷ 40 = 4.5 × 1 gallon = 4.5 gallons

  11. A machine fills 150 bottles of water every 8 minutes. How many minutes it takes this machine to fill 675 bottles?

    Solution

    8 minutes are needed to fill 150 bottles. How many groups of 150 bottles are there in 675 bottles?

    675 ÷ 150 = 4.5 = 4 and 1/2

    For each of these groups 8 minutes are needed. For 4 groups and 1/2

    8 × 4 + 4 = 32 + 4 = 36 minutes. (4 is for 1/2 a group that needs half time)

    We can also find the final answer as follows

    4.5 x 8 = 32 minutes

  12. A car travels at a speed of 65 miles per hour. How far will it travel in 5 hours?

    Solution

    During each hour, the car travels 65 miles. For 5 hours it will travel

    65 + 65 + 65 + 65 + 65 = 5 × 65 = 325 miles

  13. A small square of side 2x is cut from the corner of a rectangle with a width of 10 centimeters and length of 20 centimeters. Write an expression in terms of x for the area of the remaining shape.

    Solution

    Let us first find the total area A of the rectangle before cutting the small is cut

    A = length × width = 20 × 10 = 200

    A square of side 2x has an area B given by

    B = (2x) × (2x) = 4 × x × x = 4 x2

    The small square of area B is cut from the large rectangle of area A. Hence the area of the remaining shape is given by

    A - B = 200 - 4 x2

  14. A rectangle A with length 10 centimeters and width 5 centimeters is similar to another rectangle B whose length is 30 centimeters. Find the area of rectangle B.


  15. A school has 10 classes with the same number of students in each class. One day, the weather was bad and many students were absent. 5 classes were half full, 3 classes were 3/4 full and 2 classes were 1/8 empty. A total of 70 students were absent. How many students are in this school when no students are absent?


  16. A large square is made of 16 congruent squares. What is the total number of squares of different sizes are there?

    problem 16.


  17. The perimeter of square A is 3 times the perimeter of square B. What is the ratio of the area of square A to the area of square B.


  18. John gave half of his stamps to Jim. Jim gave gave half of his stamps to Carla. Carla gave 1/4 of the stamps given to her to Thomas and kept the remaining 12. How many stamps did John start with?


  19. Two balls A and B rotate along a circular track. Ball A makes 4 full rotations in 120 seconds. Ball B makes 3 full rotation in 60 seconds. If they start rotating now from the same point, when will they be at the same starting point again?

  20. A segment is 3 units long. It is divided into 9 parts. What fraction of a unit are 2 parts of the segment?

  21. Mary wants to make a box. She starts with a piece of cardboard whose length is 15 centimeters and width is 10 centimeters. Then she cuts 4 congruent squares with sides of 3 centimeters at the four corners and folded at the broken lines to make the box. What is the volume of the box?

    problem 21.


  22. A car is traveling 75 kilometers per hour. How many meters does the car travel in one minute?

  23. Carla is 5 years old and Jim is 13 years younger than Peter. One year ago, Peter's age was twice the sum of Carla's & Jim's age. Find the present age of each one of them.

  24. Linda spent 3/4 of her savings on furniture. She then spent 1/2 of her remaining savings on a fridge. If the fridge cost her $150, what were her original savings?

  25. The distance bewteen Harry and Kate is 2500 meters. Kate and Harry start walking toward one another and Kate' dog start running back and forth between Harry and Kate at a speed of 120 meters per minute. Harry walks at the speed of 40 meters per minute while Kate walks at the speed of 60 meters per minute. What distsnce will the dog have travelled when Harry and Kate meet each other?

Answers to the Above Questions

  1. 24
  2. 18 Pi feet
  3. 4
  4. a) 13:12 b)12:25
  5. $60.60
  6. 16
  7. 4.85
  8. 4
  9. 0.50 + N * 0.11
  10. 4.5 gallons
  11. 36 minutes
  12. 325 miles
  13. 200 - 4x2
  14. 450 centimeters squared
  15. 200 pupils
  16. 30
  17. 9:1
  18. 64 stamps
  19. 60 seconds
  20. 2/3
  21. 108 cubic centimeters
  22. 1250 meters/minute
  23. Carla:5 years, Jim: 6 years, Peter: 19 years.
  24. $1200
  25. 3000 meters


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Updated: 14 March 2009 (A Dendane)