Sunday, March 20, 2011

I didn't know math would be involved

posted by Melissa

So, this evening I find myself between kung fu movies, and in the land of "shoulds."  I should be studying for a math test I am taking tomorrow.  I had mentioned before that I am attempting to go back to school for nursing, as a product of losing my job (ok, I left, but it was only because he was not giving me a very good offer).  Through the unemployment office or another related organization, I may be able to get an education that actually has jobs being offered in the real world.  And it will end up being about $60,000 less than (at least) my illustrious herbal medicine degree.

So, here I am looking at sample math problems, for a program I might (that is a huge might) get to start in fall of 2012.  The whole thing seems a little far fetched, but I am drawn to chase it nonetheless.  I remember being in the NICU with our first son (a story for another post), day in and day out for months, and I fell in love with nursing.  I have avoided it ever since.  But have always thought about it.  And now life has brought me back to the possibility of being one of those angels I met in the NICU.

Here are a few of the sample problems:

1. If Lynn can type a page in p minutes, what piece of the page can she do in 5 minutes?
A. 5/p
B. p - 5
C. p + 5
D. p/5
E. 1- p + 5

2. If Sally can paint a house in 4 hours, and John can paint the same house in 6 hour, how long will it take for both of them to paint the house together?
A. 2 hours and 24 minutes
B. 3 hours and 12 minutes
C. 3 hours and 44 minutes
D. 4 hours and 10 minutes
E. 4 hours and 33 minutes

3. Employees of a discount appliance store receive an additional 20% off of the lowest price on an item. If an employee purchases a dishwasher during a 15% off sale, how much will he pay if the dishwasher originally cost $450?
A. $280.90
B. $287
C. $292.50
D. $306
E. $333.89

4. The sales price of a car is $12,590, which is 20% off the original price. What is the original price?
A. $14,310.40
B. $14,990.90
C. $15,290.70
D. $15,737.50
E. $16,935.80

5. Solve the following equation for A : 2A/3 = 8 + 4A
A. -2.4
B. 2.4
C. 1.3
D. -1.3
E. 0

6. If Leah is 6 years older than Sue, and John is 5 years older than Leah, and the total of their ages is 41. Then how old is Sue?
A. 8
B. 10
C. 14
D. 19
E. 21

Seriously, my almost 11 year old answered the first one before me.  wow.

Back to tai chi, I mean, the jackie Chan movie that somehow makes me feel like I am still "doing it for the blog" tonight.  First me and Lily watch Kung Fu Master and now Jamie and I are going to watch Drunken Master.  apt.

Let me know if you have the answers to ANY of the above.  

Math.  Boo.


sophanne said...

Maybe change all the names in the problems to your kids' names. Then if you can't answer the questions you can marvel at the fact that your two eldest might paint a house together and the boy might paint faster than the girl?


Melissa said...

haha. But the girl, yes...the girl paints faster in this one. and no, I have not figured that one out yet. I am going to be there forever today.

Anonymous said...

Melissa, call Vicky she's in a math class for and RN program , going through the same thing last we spoke :) Also those in the NICU said you could become a doctor! Forsure I'm not good at math, check your brother out he excels. MOM

Melissa said...

oh wow, Vicky too? it is hard stuff, when you haven't done it in years. I actually like math when I am in the know and remember all the terms and formulas. Well, just try for the RN for now...who knows what the future holds ;)
thanks, Mom.