How to Solve Number Word Problems Part 4

This is the fourth part and the conclusion to the Number Word Problem Series. In the introduction to this series, we have learned How to Solve Number Problems Mentally. In Part 1 and Part 2, we have discussed the basic number word problems, and in Part 3, we have learned how to solve word problems about consecutive numbers.

In this post, we discuss about more complicated problems especially problems that involve fractions. We have already discussed 9 problems in the previous parts of this series, so, we now solve the 10th problem.

Problem 10

There are 5 consecutive numbers. The sum of the second and the fourth number is 82. What is the largest number?

Scratch Work

Since we have five consecutive numbers, if we let x be the smallest, then the other numbers are x + 1, x + 2, x + 3, and x + 4.

Now, the second number is x + 1 and the fourth is x + 3. Their sum is 82. And that’s where we get our equation.

Solution

Let x, x + 1, x + 2, x + 3 and x + 4 be the five consecutive numbers.

Second Number: x + 1

Fourth Number: x + 3

Second Number + Fourth Number = 82

x + 1 + x + 3 = 82

2x + 4 = 82

Subtracting 4 from both sides,

2x = 78

x = 39

So, the five consecutive numbers are 39, 40, 41, 42 and 43

The largest among them is 43.

Check: Yes, they are consecutive numbers and 40 + 42 = 82.

Problem 11

A number added to \frac{1}{4} of itself is equal to 80. What is the number?

Scratch Work

If that number is equal to 20, then \frac{1}{4} of that number is 5 or \frac{1}{4}(20). Therefore, if the number is x, it’s one fourth is \frac{1}{4}x. Now, if we add x and \frac{1}{4}x, the sum is 80. That is where we get our equation.

Solution

Let x be the number and a fourth of it as \frac{1}{4}x

x + \frac{1}{4}x = 80

To get rid of the fraction, we multiply everything by 4. This gives us

4x + x = 320

5x = 320

x = 64

Check: \frac{1}{4} of 64 is 16. Now, 64 + 16 = 80. This means that we are correct.

Problem 12

One number exceeds the other by 22. One third the larger subtracted by one one half the smaller is equal to 2. What are the numbers?

Scratch Work

One number exceeds the other by 22 means that the other number is 22 more than the smaller. So, if we let x be the smaller number, the larger number is x + 22.

Now, we will subtract one-third x + 22 by one fourth of x. The difference will be 2. In equation form we have

\frac{1}{3} (x + 22) - \frac{1}{2}x = 2.

Solution

Let x be the smaller number and x + 22 be the larger.

\displaystyle \frac{1}{3} ( x + 22) - \frac{1}{2}x = 2

The least common multiple of the denominators of the fraction (3 and 2) is 6, so we multiply everything with 6 to eliminate the fractional parts.

\frac{6}{3} (x + 22) - \frac{6}{2}x =6(2)

2(x + 22) - 3x = 12

By the distributive property, we have

2x + 44 - 3x = 12

-x = -32

Multiplying both sides by -1 gives us x = 32 which is the smaller number. The larger number is 32 + 22 = 54.

Check: \frac{1}{3}(54) - \frac{1}{2} (32) = 18 - 16 = 2.

That’s it! I wanted to discuss more number problems, but we have other problems to discuss, so I’ll leave this topic for now. In the next post, we will be solving problems about age.

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2 Responses

  1. Camote says:

    Very helpful topics. (y)

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