Recycled plastic math problem

In 2012, the U.S. produced 32 million tons of plastic. Only 9% was recovered for recycling.  How much was recovered?   How much would be recovered if 20% were recycled? It takes 100 to 400 years for plastics to break down in a landfill.  If you buried a plastic bottle today what is the soonest date…

Haughton High School’s Stacks of Paper Math Problem

This problem was submitted on behalf of Miki Wallingsford’s Algebra 1 Honors class at Haughton High School. Recycling a stack of newspaper just 3 feet high saves one tree.  How many trees are saved if our school collected and recycled 20 stacks of newspapers 6 feet high?

Cinderella Math

Here is another fun math problem in our March Mathness series: The Dayton Flyers continue to be the Cinderella team of this tournament. They outscored Stanford 82-72 last night. It was a true team effort with 11 players scoring.   Their starting five combined for 38 points.  The rest was scored by the Flyers’ bench. Fun Math…

The mean, median and mode of scoring baskets!

The teams that made it to the Sweet Sixteen are very different. Some have posted high scores in post season, some low. But they are all winners.  Can you find the mean, median, and mode for points scored by the teams in the Sweet Sixteen? Team Points Team Points Florida 64 UCLA 76.5 Dayton 57.5…

Sweet Sixteen Algebra

Teams will be travelling to get to the Sweet Sixteen tournament locations.  The UCLA Bruins will travel the furthest from Los Angeles to Memphis. The 2000 mile flight will take 5 hours and 50 minutes.  The San Diego State Aztecs have the shortest distant to travel, just 94 miles.  They can drive to the stadium in just…