Will there be math?
Tatiana Ayazo /Rd.com, ShutterstockDoes the thought of arithmetic make you break out in a cold sweat? People tend to fear a little number work, but without it our world would be a much duller place—check out how numbers make our world beautiful.
Nevertheless, some children genuinely struggle (look out for these signs that your child may be battling serious math anxiety). If you find math tricky, don't despair! Most straightforward math questions can be solved by thinking clearly and breaking things down into logical steps. Here's what kids are up to these day—take a shot at these elementary math problems.
Multiplying whole numbers
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223 X 8
Tatiana Ayazo /Rd.com,shutterstockThis can be easily solved by breaking it down into steps:
200 X 8 = 1,600
20 X 8 = 160
3 X 8 = 24
1,600 + 160 + 24 = 1,784
So 223 X 8 = 1,784
Tatiana Ayazo /Rd.com, Shutterstock0.41 X 9
(By the way, don't fall for these decimal tricks used by restaurants.)
Tatiana Ayazo /Rd.com,shutterstockAgain, breaking the calculation into steps is helpful:
0.4 X 9 = 3.6
0.01 X 9 = 0.09
3.6 + 0.09 = 3.69
Answer: 0.41 X 9 = 3.69
Find the missing number
Tatiana Ayazo/Rd.com,shutterstock68 + 37 + 1,000 + ________ + 11 = 1,559
Tatiana Ayazo /Rd.com,shutterstockThis is a two-step question.
First, add all the numbers you've been given:
68 + 37 + 1,000 + 11 = 1,116
Next, subtract 1,116 from 1,559 to find the missing number:
1,559 – 1,116 = 443
Lastly, you can check your answer by adding all the numbers (including the 'missing' 443) together to make sure they total 1,559.
Answer: the missing number is 443
Division with remainder
Tatiana Ayazo /Rd.com, Shutterstock68 ÷ 12 = ?
Tatiana Ayazo /Rd.com,shutterstockGood knowledge of your times tables is an essential math skill, and will help you solve this quickly.
12 X 5 = 60, leaving 8 as a remainder.
Answer: 68 ÷ 12 = 5 r 8
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