Even if you flunked every calculus test you ever took, you’ll ace these summer-time Mommy Math problems, like you’re channeling Newton.
1. Davy and Johnny have been counting the days till school ends since Christmas. If they put giant red Xs on the calendar to mark off the days each night before bedtime, how many days after summer vacation begins will they start whining, “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do!!”?
2. Chuck and Michelle take their two-year-old and their four-year-old out for ice cream. The two-year-old gets a vanilla cone with rainbow sprinkles. The four-year-old gets a chocolate cone with chocolate sprinkles. If the two-year-old starts eating her cone three minutes before the four-year-old begins eating hers, how long before the four-year-old complains that her little sister has more sprinkles?
Extra credit: If Chuck just had his sedan detailed, calculate the speed with which the chocolate ice cream will drop onto the car’s ivory-colored carpet.
3. Dana takes her six-year-old to see the new 3D superhero action movie. She pays $25 for tickets and $22.50 for popcorn, candy and drinks. If she gets a five percent rewards discount, and the movie runs 124 minutes, how much of the film will she have actually seen after three rounds of “Mommy! I have to go potty! NOW! MOMMY!!”
4. Two ice cream trucks drive through Sandra’s neighborhood every day during summer vacation. Ice Cream Truck A makes a loop through her neighborhood, starting at 11:30 AM, and Ice Cream Truck B rolls through her neighborhood at 3:30 PM. If both trucks take at least one hour to complete their routes, at what point does Sandra purchase a shotgun to “disable” both trucks’ sound systems for blasting It’s A Small World … every .. .single … day?
5. Allison buys each of her three kids new bathing suits at the start of the summer. If the children go swimming one to two times a day, changing into a new (dry) suit each time they go into the water, by what factor will the laundry Allison has to do increase each week throughout the summer?
6. Rebecca and Dan take their two children on a three-week cross-country road trip from Florida to California. If they leave their house at 10 am on a Monday, driving 65 miles per hour, how many times will they have heard “Stop breathing on me! … Mom! He’s looking at me! … Am not! … Are too! … Cut it out! … MOM!!!” before they cross the state line?
6 a. How many days into the trip before Rebecca starts adding a jigger of vodka to her morning OJ?
6 b. How many jiggers will Rebecca have added by the time they reach Texas?
Extra credit: True or False: There is no longer any OJ in Rebecca’s “juice.”