Quandaries and Queries


Your name.                                  Dianna
Who you are, a student, a teacher, a parent, other?          Parent
Level of the question.                      Secondary 10th
Word Problem
A bus company recently expanded and no longer has enough room in its garage for all of its buses. Twelve of the buses have to be stored outside. If the company decides to increase their garage space by 40%, this will give them enough room for all of their current buses, plus enough room to store another twelve in the future. How many buses does the company own?


Hi Dianna,

The 40% increase in garage space will accommodate the 12 busses that are currently stored outside plus 12 more. Thus

40% of the current space will accommodate 24 busses.

40% is 0.40 so

0.40 (the current space) will accommodate 24 busses


(the current space) will accommodate 24/0.40 = 60 busses.



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