March Madness

  • March Madness


    PoW ID: 1957

    3rd to 5th, Math Fundamentals, Math Fundamentals Library, Math Fundamentals

    Problem Print

    basketballCollege basketball playoffs are happening in the United States, making basketball pretty popular right now! One afternoon after school, four friends named Abby, Bill, Carla, and Damien decide to play a game of basketball. There are two players on each team. Your job is to figure out which team won the game given the following facts.

    1. Abby outscored her partner Bill by six points.
    2. The number of points scored by Damien can be found by reversing the digits of his favorite number, thirty-one.
    3. Bill scored half as many points as Carla.
    4. Carla scored three more than three times the points scored by her partner, Damien.

    Which team won and by how many points?

    Answer Check

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    Carla and Damien outscored Abby and Bill by seven points.

    If your answer does not match our answer,

    • did you remember there were two players on each team?
    • did you find out the points Damien scored to help you with the other clues?
    • did you check your arithmetic?
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