When I was in school, the most dreaded questions in math, in my opinion, were the word problems. I hated them. I didn’t get them. They frustrated me and I often had a hard time comprehending them. I think it’s only fair that I get to make up my own word problems.
Ms. ATHG works at School X 3 days a week. She teaches 12 classes, each lasting 1 hour. On Tuesday, she teaches 3 classes and assists with 1 session of academic intervention. On Wednesday, she teaches 5 classes and assists with 1 session of academic intervention. On Thursday, she teaches 4 classes and has am and pm bus duty. On Tuesday, Ms. ATHG has 3 hours of “free time” spread throughout the day in which to pump. On Wednesday, Ms. ATHG has 30 minutes of “free time” smack dab in the middle of the day in which to pump. On Thursday, Ms. ATHG has 2 hours and 10 minutes of “free time” spread throughout the day in which to pump. Ms. ATHG needs to pump every 2-3 hours in order to prevent discomfort. Ms. ATHG is capable of pumping 4 oz. of milk during each 15 minute session. If Ms. ATHG wants to pump at least 12 oz. each day, what are the odds she’s going to develop mastitis or a blocked duct on a Wednesday?
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Ms. ATHG has 6 tables in her classroom. Each table seats 4 students. Ms. ATHG’s average class has 26 students, with her largest classes having 29 students. Ms. ATHG’s art department requires students to create paintings on 18×24 paper. If Ms. ATHG wants each student to have enough work space to comfortably work, how many students’ paintings will be ruined this year?
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Ms. ATHG has 6 sinks in her art room. There are 6 paper towel dispensers in her room. Ms. ATHG has 1 trash can. The trash can has a 7-gallon capacity. Ms. ATHG plans on starting painting projects with 3 grade levels, the Kinders, 6th graders and 5th graders, for a total of 6 classes. If each student washes their hands an average of 1.13 times during class, how many rolls of paper towels will Ms. ATHG pick up off the floor on an average day? BONUS: What are the odds most students will try to use the 2 leaking sinks they have been instructed not to use?