Arithmetics – Frankie gets his pizza

This scenario tests basic arithmetic, unit conversion, and time calculations.
Recommended grade: 6th.
Difficulty level: Basic.

This scenario was originally created by Kamil Wesołowski, Kacper Pogwizd, and Jakub Wojnar-Płeszka, students at the Cracow University of Economics.


Sylvia and Michael own a pizza place, “Omni Hut“, on a small island that’s a part of a big archipelago. One of the other islands is home to their good friend Frankie the Bear, who’s developed quite a taste for their product.

  1. Frankie is having some family over for dinner, so he decided to order 27 square feet of pizza. “Omni Hut” offers pizzas that are 28 inches in diameter and cost $25. How much will the bear pay for his order?

  1. In order to deliver the pizza, Sylvia and Michael have to build a raft to travel from one island to the other. It should fit both of them comfortably, along with the order. They decided the raft should be rectangular with sides of length 10 and 8 feet. If each square foot of materials costs $1.20 and weighs 7 lbs, how much will the raft cost?
  1. Only 25% of what “Omni Hut” makes on the deal goes into the pockets of the workers. How much will Sylvia and Michael make on the order? Remember to take into account the cost of transport.

  1. Frankie’s island is 7 miles away from “Omni Hut“. How much will it take to travel there and back if the raft moves at an average speed of 13 miles per hour? Assume that preparing the pizza takes 1 hr 20 min and packing it takes 10 min. When will they be back if they leave their place at 10 am?

Useful calculators:

Question 1 hints:

Hint 1
What is the area of a single pizza?
Hint 2
Observe that the pizzas Frankie desires are expressed in different units than those for the diameter.
Hint 3
Once we know the area of a single pizza in square feet (or how much Frankie wants in square inches), how do we calculate how many he should order?

Question 2 hints:

Hint 1
What is the area of the raft?
Hint 2
If we know the raft’s area and how much one square foot of materials costs, how do we calculate how much the whole thing will cost?

Question 3 hints:

Hint 1
How much did Frankie pay for the order? And how much did the raft cost?
Hint 2
How much money did Sylvia and Michael come back with? How much of that is theirs to take?

Question 4 hints:

Hint 1
What is the total distance that they have to travel?
Hint 2
If we know the speed and the distance, how do we calculate the time it will take?
Hint 3
Knowing the time of the journey and that they left at 10 am, how can we find what time they’ll be back?


Question 1
Question 2
Question 3
Question 4
It will take around 1 hr 5 min. They’ll be back around 11:05 am.

Step-by-step solution:

Question 1
First, we calculate the area of a single pizza. Since their diameter is d = 28 in, the radius will be half of that:
r = d / 2 = 28 in / 2 = 14 in.

Now we can use the circle calculator to find the area:
pizza_area = π * r² ≈ 3.14 * (14 in)² ≈ 615 in².

Observe that Frankie would like 27 square feet of pizza, and the above area is expressed in square inches. In order to proceed with the calculations, we need to convert the units so that they agree. The conversion calculator gives
pizza_area ≈ 615 in² ≈ 4.27 ft².
Note that, alternatively, we could have changed the 27 square feet into square inches.

Next, we need to find how many pizzas Frankie should order. To do that, we divide the area he’d like to have by the area of a single pizza:
no_of_pizzas = desired_area / pizza area ≈ 27 ft² / 4.27 ft² 6.32,
which means that he needs to order 7 pizzas.

Lastly, we multiply the number of pizzas by the cost of one:
total_cost = 7 * $25 = $175.

Warning: Alternatively, we could have used the pizza size calculator and saved ourselves some trouble with unit changes by simply picking the one we want from the list in the calculator. Observe, however, that this would lead to some discrepancy: it would tell us that the area of a single pizza is 4.28 ft² as opposed to the 4.27 given above. This is due to some rounding up along the way. Still, the final answer of 7 pizzas stays the same.

Question 2
We begin by calculating the area of the raft. From the scenario, we know that its sides are a = 10 ft and b = 8 ft long. Therefore, with the help of the area of a rectangle calculator, we get
raft_area = a * b = 10 ft * 8 ft = 80 ft².

Now we need to find how much it will cost. Since each square foot of materials costs $1.20, we’ll need
raft_cost = raft_area * $1.20 = 80 * $1.20 = $96.

Note that we haven’t found the total weight of the materials, as the question didn’t ask for it.

Question 3
From the two questions above, we know that Frankie paid $175 and that Sylvia and Michael spent $96 on delivery costs (those are company expenses). This means that they came back with
income = total_cost – raft_cost = $175 – $96 = $79.

Now it’s time to count how much of that goes to their pockets. We know that only 25% of the amount gets transferred to the workers, so the percentage calculator tells us that it is
profit = 25% * income = 0.25 * $79 = $19.75.

Question 4
First of all, observe that we’re only interested in the traveling time, so we don’t need to use how long it takes to prepare or pack the pizza.

Since the distance between “Omni Hut” and Frankie is dist = 7 mil, the total Sylvia and Michael have to travel is twice that (because they also have to return), which is
total_dist = 2 * dist = 2 * 7 mil = 14 mil.

From the scenario, we know that they are traveling at an average speed of v = 13 mph. Therefore, the drive time calculator tells us that it will take them
time = total_dist / v = 14 mil / 13 mph 1.08 hr.

Now we’d like to know what time they’ll be back if they leave at 10 am. To make our lives easier, let’s first change the time a little:
time 1.08 hr = 1.08 * 60 min = 64.8 min 1 hr 5 min.
Therefore, since
10 hr + 1 hr 5 min = 11 hr 5 min,
they’ll be back around 11:05 am.

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