







A second grade word problem 
20140909 

From Beth: How do I explain to my second grader how to find the answer to the problem:
My tens digit is 8 more than my ones digit. My ones digit can not be zero. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The grade of a road as a percent 
20140214 

From Emily: What is the grade of the road shown below expressed as a percent rounded to one decimal place?
Rise is 40feet
Run is 380 feet Answered by Penny Nom. 





A word problem 
20131208 

From Malissa: I am attempting to help my son with his math word problem, please help thank you .
Kylie and Ethan kept scrapbooks of their grandfather's stories from world war II. Kylie has 6 more than half the number of pages Ethan has. If Kylie has 21 pages in her scrapbook, how many pages are in Ethan's scrapbook? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The rate of change of y with respect to x 
20100429 

From Tom: I just had a quick calc question about wording that wasn't ever
addressed in class. When the book says "the rate of change of y with
respect to x", should it be considered how fast y is changing in
comparison to x?
I ask because the textbook says that "y is changing 3 times faster than x,
so the rate of change of y with respect to x is 3." I'm use to rate being
like velocity, as in units of distance per units of time. All we're told
in class is that it's the slope of the tangent line, I was hoping you
could clarify for me what exactly is meant by the wording of a "rate of
change of something with respect to something else". More specifically, what
"rate" and "with respect to" mean within this context?
Thanks for your time Answered by Harley Weston. 





23 correct out of 28 as a percentage 
20100205 

From Renay: What is the correct way to figure a percentage like 23 correct out of 28? Answered by Penny Nom. 





4x +3/4 = 1/4 
20091212 

From Lynda: 4x +3/4 = 1/4
I know the answer is 1/8 but I don't know how to show the process of getting the answer Answered by Penny Nom. 





Ambitious 7th Grader 
20090128 

From John: I have been asked to tutor a 7th grader who is very good in math. He is taking the most advanced course that his school offers to 7th graders. This course will cover Algebra 1 over a period of two years, using McDougal Littell's Algebra, Structure and Method, Book 1, a book I like a lot.
I have been hired not to help him with his schoolwork, which is too easy for him, but to guide him through something in math beyond his schoolwork. This was his idea, an idea which surprised his parents, but one which they support.
Do you have a suggestion for me? If so, I would be very grateful to hear from you. I think this could be a lot of fun for me and my new student, if I pick the right path.
Thanks and best regards,
John
John Answered by Robert Dawson, Victoria West and Walter Whiteley. 





The grade of a roadway 
20090126 

From black: A highway that has a 6% grade rises 6 ft vertically for every 100 ft horizontally. Which trigonometric ratio is being used in reporting the 6% grade? Explain why Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Grade of a hill 
20090126 

From rachel: if the grade is 18%, how many feet would it fall vertically over a horizontal distance of 250 yards. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Elevation gain 
20080518 

From Mark: How do you calculate elevation gain on a treadmill? e.g. 5.0 miles (26,400ft) @ 15% incline.
I have been estimating it as 26,400 x .15 = 3,960 ft of elevation gain.
Hopeful Mount Rainier Climber Answered by Victoria West. 





What do I need on the exam to get an average of 75%? 
20080115 

From Alyssa: Hi there,
I was wondering how i could calculate the mark i need on my upcoming exam in order to increase my final grade. If i currently have a 65% in a class and my final exam is worth 20% what would i need to get on my exam to increase at least 10%
thanks :) Answered by Penny Nom. 





The incline of my yard as it slopes away from my house 
20070922 

From Janet: I need to calculate the degree (or is it percent?) of incline of my yard as it
slopes away from my house. Do I visualize a right angle formed by a
level line from the bottom of the slope to the side of the house, and then
compare the line of the slope against the right angle to get the degree?
Or is an incline calculated by the measurement of the rise in 100 feet? For
instance, if the ground rises 3 feel in a distance of 100 feet, is that a 3%
incline? And if it rises 4 feet in a distance of 25 feet, is that a 16% incline?
Thanks so much. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





A weighted score 
20070605 

From Cindy: We need to weight numbers differently in terms of a percentage calculation. One number {80 for example} at 65% and another number {100 for example} at 35%. How do we calculate these into one total grade for example. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Road incline grades 
20070507 

From cecil: convert grade percent to degrees Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Course grades 
20070430 

From vince: Question from vince, a student:
If you have 5 tests and the grades are 78,80,88,60,75 what is your Earn Point
for the tests
earn points= average times percent Answered by Penny Nom. 





The grade of a shoulder 
20070428 

From Robert: I am building a road with a 1.2 meter shoulder. The plan calls fo a 6% shoulder grade. When I use my metric calculator I come up with a different answer when I multiply 3/4 of an inch by 1.2 meters and when I multiply 1.2 meters by .06%? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An average homework grade 
20070426 

From vince: If your homework grades is only 15% of the total grades and with an average
homework grade of 90% what is your earn point for the homework
earn point = average times percent Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Fahrenheit and centigrade 
20070418 

From kyrie: help ?
temperature formula: f and c represent degree's of temperature.
exact formula:
f = 9c / 5 + 32
approx formula:
f = 2c + 30
at what temp in c do these formulae give an equal value for f ? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The angles in a right triangle 
20070328 

From Golaan: I need the to understand the formula for finding either of the acute angles of a right triangle given it's hieght length and base length.
I want to find the degrees of either accute angle. So for this example I have a right triangle with a height of 410 meters and a base length of 1,700 meters.
I don't understand cosine, sine, and tangent or the other ones at all. So if the solution includes those (which I believe it does) could b very verbose yet in a very elementary way?
The purpose of ths is that I have to define the general incline angles (or grade) of various areas of terrain. I know the distance by map and also the the altitude at either endpoint. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The grade 6 math curriculum 
20070224 

From Ajay: Do you have a list of topics a 6th grade students should learn in the 6th grade? I am "rusty" in math and would like to assist my son... Example: if an icetray has X cc of water and is split into 8 parts...what is the volume of each part...is this truly 6th grade level math? Answered by Pam Fowler and Penny Nom. 





Percent elevation gain 
20070124 

From Susan: okay... so if I hike Gregory Canyon and it's a 1.1 mile hike with a 900 foot elevation gain, what's the percent elevation gain? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Quiz grades 
20061205 

From Patricia: Your quiz grades are 73, 75, 89 and 91. What is the lowest grade you can obtain on the last quiz and still achieve an average at least 85? Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





The grade of a highway 
20061114 

From Nancy: If a portion of highway has a grade or slope of 12%, and the length of this portion is approximately 1.1 miles, what is the change in elevation from the top of the grade to the bottom of the grade in feet? Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





The semester grade 
20061103 

From Caroline: Can you tell me how to calculate a grade based on a percentage formula where 15 assignments account for 40% of the grade and 3 tests account for 60% of the semester grade. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The incline of an exercise machine 
20040202 

From An exerciser: This is a question about incline percentage. On an exercise machine if the elevation is raised 3 and one half inches from a level position then what would be the incline percentage? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The incline of a road 
20030803 

From A driver: incline % grade as to degree. ie 6% hwy grade= what degree of incline? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Slope 
20030720 

From Brian:
You are placing a pipe 60 feet long at a slope of 1.5%. How would you figure the amount of drop from the inlet of the pipe tot he outlet of the pipe? and what is the answer . If you are trying to keep a shoulder slope of a road between 3/4'' per foot and 11/2'' per foot . If the shoulder is 10 feet wide, how would you figure how much lower should the outside of the shoulder be than the edge of pavement and what is the answer ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Teaching second grade 
20030610 

From A teacher: I am going to be teaching second grade next year. How can I differentiate instruction in mathematics to meet the needs of all of my students, from those who need intervention to those who need challenges? What are some techniques I can try for this grade level? Answered by Diane Hanson. 





Some 5th grade problems 
20030124 

From Sabrina:
[What is the greatest common factor of 20,28, and 36?] next problem is [5k+7(k+8)= ] next problem [Curtis simplified 0.8 divided by 0.2 x 0.04 and got 10. Latoya Simplified and got 1.6. is either correct? Can you explaine how you got the answer please.] Answered by Penny Nom. 





The percentage grade of that hill 
20021105 

From Cathy: If there is an 80ft climb over a kilometer(about 3280ft) what is the percentage grade of that hill? Answered by Penny Nom. 





6% grade 
20021015 

From Micheal: When I am driving down the road and see a sign that says for example steep grade ahead 6% grade etc etc what does this mean? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Calculating your grade 
20001204 

From Jack: I got an 80 on test 1 and a 65 on test 2. The first test is worth 35% of our total grade and the second is worth 40%. What is my grade right now? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Grade 4 curriculum 
19990209 

From John: My daughter is in grade 4 and her math teacher has asked her to write out the number 1 to 10,000. She is currently at 4567 and is sick of it. When I complained that this was not a usefull exercise she said that the Ministry of Education curriculum requires this and gave a photocopy of the page. It states: "read and write whole number to 10,000 in standard, expanded, and written forms (eg., 9367=9000+300+60+7 = nine thousand three hundred sixtyseven). Has the teacher interpreted this the wrong way? Thanks John PS. Do you have a web address for Ontario Math and Science Teachers organization? Answered by Jack LeSage. 

