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MEAP Preparation - Grade 6 Mathematics
2.84 Fractions and Decimals Word Problems

  1. Read the questions carefully.
  2. Compute the results as per the question.
Example: A class has 40 students out of which 23 are boys. What fraction of the class is boys?
Total number of students = 40
Number of boys = 23
Fraction of boys = 23/40
Answer: 23/40

Example: Ann spends $45.60 on books, $ 12.36 on dolls and $35.78 on miscellaneous. How much did he spend in total?
The total amount spent = $45.60 + $12.36 + $35.78
Answer: $93.74

Example: Sam has 3 1/2 pencils and Ron has 10/4 pencils. Who has more pencils?
The answer to this seems simple since Ron has 10/4 pencils which is equivalent to 2 2/4 pencils.
Clearly since Sam has 3 full pencils and more and Ron has less than 3 full pencils, so Sam has more pencils.
Answer: Sam has more pencils

Example: Spencer painted 2/3 of the wall space in his room. His sister Madison helped and painted 1/3 of the wall space. How much did they paint together?
2/3 + 1/3 = 3/3 = 1
Answer: whole wall space

Example: The teacher taught 3/5th of the book, Mike revised 1/5th more on his own. How much does he still have to revise?
3/5 + 1/5 = 4/5
1 - 4/5 = 1/5
Answer: 1/5


Directions: Solve the following word problems. Also write at least 5 examples of your own.
Q 1: If there is a book store that is 50% off everything in the store, how would you write a fraction that it is 50% off?
1/2
1 1/2
2/3
1/4

Q 2: A bird swoops to catch its prey at 20 m/s. It swoops for two and a half seconds. How far does it swoop?
30 m
15 m
50 m
120 m

Q 3: Maggie has 4 whole bananas and 2/3 of another one. How many bananas does Maggie have?
4
4 2/3
3 2/3
5

Q 4: Sammy has 48 marbles. 12 are green, 16 red, and 10 are blue. What fraction of his marbles are red?
48/16
16/12
32/48
16/48

Q 5: If Jon has 2/5 of a pizza and Sue has 3/5 of a pizza, who has more?
Jon
They have the same amount.
Sue

Q 6: Lisa has saved up $26.50. For a party, she buys 8 party favors. Each favor costs her $2.39. How much money does she have left after buying the favor?
$19.12
$9.38
$7.38

Q 7: Jack has 2 whole apples and 1/2 of another one. How many apples does Jack have?
2
1 and 1/2
1/2
2 1/2

Q 8: Emily and Christian went to the ice cream shop. Emily finished 2/3 of her ice cream and Christian finished 1/2. Who finished more?
Not Here
Christian
Emily

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