
Mom’s Helper
Problem #50
Deadline to submit the solution: October
31st , 2001
John is earning 20 cents for each day
he helps his Mom with the house work. He has to pay her back 30
cents for each day he doesn’t do his work. After 60 days his total
was 0.
Q1: How many days, out of these 60 days, were John’s “workdays”?


The Solutions:
Miss Miley's Class from U.S.A.
Grade: 5 Age: 10 School: Fannett Metal Elem.
Solution:
Q1: 36 workdays
We made a table with 3 columns. The first column was days, the second
was paid 20c, and the third was pay back 30c. We then started filling
in days worked and adding the money made. When we had enough to pay for
a day not worked we did that. We continued in this manner finding out
that after 5 days with 3 being workdays and 2 non working days, John
had 0 money. We then put this in a fraction and found that 3/5 of 60 would
be 36 workdays and that 2/5 of 60 would be 24 non working days. We then
added 36 and 24 to make sure it came out to 60 days. To checked our problem
another way. We took 20c times 36 and got $7.20. We then took 24 times
30c and got $ 7.20. If we subtract the two amounts, we get 0 which is
how much he had made after 60 days.
About me: We are a small rural school with a total of 44 fifth
grade students in the entire elementary school. We enjoy doing these types
of questions.

Eddie from U.S.A
Grade: 3 Age: 8 School: seawell school
Solution:
Q1: 36 days working
So every 5 days ( 3day work + 2 day not work c0) the total is 0 and 60
divided by 5 equals 12 and 12 times 3 equals 36 so the answer is 36.
About me: My name is Eddie and I llllooooovvvvveeeee READING Each
weekend I read at least 2 animorph books.

Alex Forrest from USA
Grade: 3 Age: 8 School: Rogers Forge
Solution:
Q1: 36
There were 36 work days, and 24 days he did not work. The number of days
worked times 20 had to be the same as 60 = the number of days worked times
30. I tried many different numbers until I found the answer.
About me:

daniel from U.S.A
Grade: 4th Age: 8 School: einstien acadamy
Solution:
Q1: 36days
John worked 36 days because 36 * 20 = 750 24 * 30 =750 so
750750=0 36 days worked *20 cents = $7.50 and 24 days not worked * 30
cents = $7.50 and $7.50 paid  $7.50 not paid = $0.00
About me:

charlie from U.S.A
Grade: 4th Age: 8 School: Einstein Academy

Sunfish from Canada
Grade: 4 Age: 9 School: Pheasant run P.s

michael from USA
Grade: 3 Age: 8 School: home school

