GED Questions from Jesse

Jesse writes:I was wondering If u could let me know if I got these two questions correct I’m taking my ged next week & I want to feel comfortable with this math.
On a map 1/3 in=15 miles find the distance between two towns on a map that equals 3 2/3 in. How many miles r between the two? my answer was 75 miles am I correct?Next Question

The scale on a map indicates that 1/2 inch represents an actual distance of 120 miles, how far apart will two towns be if the actual distance between them is 180 miles my answer was 2 inches am I correct? if not could u explain how to set up these type of problems? thank you, Jesse.


Hey! Congrats on your GED test comin’ up. Y’know what these questions are? Ratios. I got a ratio post on my blog at:

There’ll prolly be a ratio question on the GED test. Here’s how it works. Take the first question. You got 1/3 inch, that equals 15 miles. Picture it in your head. Say this line is 1/3 inch: |—| It be 15 miles.

So, you got to find out how many miles in 3-2/3 inch. Well, first you gotta find out, how many 1/3-inches are in 3-2/3 inch. Get it?

Three 1/3-inch lengths are in 1 inch, like this:

So, in 3-2/3 inches, there’s 11 1/3-inch lengths:

Each 1/3-inch is 15 miles, right? So, we got 11 lengths of 15 miles… that’s 15 times 11, and that’s 165 miles! There ya go. Always makes it easier to understand to picture it in your head.

If you want to do it mathematically, what I did was set up a ratio:

Divide 3-2/3 by 1/3… then multiply 15 by the answer to get x.

Here’s the other one.
1/2 inch = 120 miles
x = 180 miles

Same deal here, right? You got a ratio.
1/2 inch:120 miles
x:180 miles

The relationship between 120 and 180 got to be the same as between 1/2 and the answer. So, what’s the relationship between 120 and 180? If you divide 180 by 120, 180/120 = 18/12 = 9/6 = 3/2 = 1-1/2

So, 180 is 1-1/2 times 120. Then x got to be 1-1/2 times 1/2. That’s 3/4. If it’s easier, you can do 1.5 x .5 = .75 …same thing. So, the answer’s 3/4 inch. Get it?

Hope this helps!


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GED Math: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving’s comin’ up ’round the corner, so I figured I put up a little something about turkey and stuff. Check it out:

A 12lb turkey at the grocery store costs $13.50 and feeds 8 people. A pint of potato salad costs $3.50 per pint, and one pint can feeds about 3 people. A large can of yams is on sale for $4, and that feeds 5 people. Finally, a pumpkin pie feeds about 6 people and costs $4.99. Paula is shopping for Thanksgiving and is planning on having 16 guests, including herself. How much will it cost to make sure there is enough of each item for everyone?

This is the kinda question that shows how Math can be practical for everyday use, right? I’ve never bought thanksgiving dinner myself, but sometimes you get some friends comin’ over for some pizza and beers, and you gotta know how much to buy for everyone (and how much you charge them at the door).

So first thing I gotta do here is write out all the information, to make sure I get what they’re askin’.

Paula’s got 16 people comin’ for dinner. First I gotta break down the problem and see how many people each type of food feeds. I’ll make a quick list.

12lb Turkey – $13.50 – Feeds 8

Potato Salad – $3.50 – Feeds 3

Yams – $4.00 – Feeds 5

Pumpkin – $4.99 – Feeds 6 Continue reading

GED Math: Taking a Closer Look

S’up y’all. Ready for some more GED Math?

I been thinkin’ about how sometimes we think we know the answer without looking at the whole problem, you know? Check this out.

Super Subs Inc. is planning on hiring new employees for the summer. They want to make sure their new employees are available to work on the busiest day of the week. Below is a chart of their four different stores, and how many sub sandwiches they sold at each store the previous week. According to this chart, which day will the new hires most likely need to work?


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GED Math: Percentage Decrease

Hey, yo, all. How’s the GED math goin’ on? Last time, I talked about problems with percent increase, and now let’s look at percent decrease. It be all about knowin’ what the question’s really askin’. Remember, I said, when it asks what’s the percent increase, what it means is:

What Percent OF the Original amount IS the Difference between the two amounts?

P × O = D

Percent decrease is pretty much the same thing. What percent of the original amount is the difference between the two amounts? Only difference in figuring it out is that the second amount is lower than the first, not higer. No sweat. The percent times the original amount still equals the difference. It’s just a decrease, not an increase. Get it?

Let’s look at it. Here’s a practice problem.

I filled up my car, so it had 15 gallons of gas in the tank. So, I drove out to my uncle’s house and back, and it took $18 in gas at $2 per gallon to fill up the tank. What was the percentage decrease in gas during the trip?

Did I get you with a tough one? More than jus’ one step here. Try to figure it out, then I’ll walk you through it… Continue reading

GED Math: Percent Increase

Percents! Yo, I know most everyone out there hates percents. I got a kinda question lots of people say’s confusin’. That’s when it’s askin’ about percent increase. This one’s in lotsa word problems. An’ I know how you love word problems! How ’bout we try one out?

I got a new hard drive, to back up my computer. The old hard drive I was usin’ was 250 GB. Now, the new one’s 640 GB. Sweet! So, what’s the percent increase in hard drive space from the old hard drive to the new one?

Give it a minute, try to work it out. What’dya think? Continue reading

What Can GED Math Do for You?

Yo, one thing I know, math is part of life. Y’all pay yo’ bills every month, right? Gotta balance income and outgo? Math, right? Not jus’ that, but thinkin’ about what you wanna do after you get yo’ GED? Best payin’ jobs, all about math. Construction, design, computers, fightin’ fires, all of ’em use math one way or another. Not to mention trackin’ all yo’ favorite sports teams. I got dat down. Found this article, ’bout eighth graders learnin’ all about how math leads on to better careers… somethin’ we all could learn: Math Is Everywhere Continue reading

GED Practice Problem: Distance, Rate, an’ Time!

Yo, all you GED-studiers. Workin’ hard? Hammond wrote in with a practice question… good one for thinkin’ through distance an’ speed problems. So, I thought I’d put it in a post, not jus’ comments…. Here goes:

Two cyclists start biking from a trail’s start 3 hours apart. The second cyclist travels at 10 miles per hur ans start 3 hours after the first cyclist who is traveing at 6 miles per hour. How much time will pass before the second cyclist catches up with the first from the time the second cyclist started biking

Okay. bicyclists. start 3 hours apart. You want to know when they meet, so you want to know when the distance is the same. Continue reading

GED Practice Word Problem

Hey all. Zaher wrote in with this practice problem while back, and I thought it’d make a good post, so here it is:

A room is 24 feet long, 18 feet wide, and 9 feet high. How many square yards of wallpaper are needed to paper the four walls of the room?

You got your basic area problem, right? How do I know it’s “area”? Well, area is the space on the surface of something. Like, how much carpet covers a floor, or how many tiles on a bathroom wall. Or paint on a room. If you’re covering a surface, you’re talkin’ area. Now, how to solve it? Continue reading