Can You Get an A+ On This 5th Grade Math Quiz?

By: Olivia Seitz
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About This Quiz

It's amazing how important things like Geography and Grammar were in fifth grade. Remember when you had to know the answers by heart?  But today, things are different with google maps, calculators and spell check. The knowledge you used to be proud to have, have lost their usefulness.  When was the last time your boss asked you to name the capitals of each state? How about to multiply 12 X 14 without a calculator? Thought so. In other words, it's not that ridiculous that a fifth grader might be able to blow you away by answering these questions better and faster than you. 

But you have your pride. No fifth grader is going to show you up. But before you take this to the playground, maybe you should take this quiz and see how you compare to a fifth grader. But be forewarned, you'll be asked questions where no calculator can be used -- that includes questions with percentiles and decimals. Plus, there are questions on mnemonics for remembering the correct order of arithmetic operations, and ordered pairs. Ready? Then get out your No. 2 pencil, put your books away and start on this 15-question quiz now. Or simply click on the correct answer. Either way, we'll give you a gold star for trying. 

5 + 7 + 10 + 6 - 2 = ?

For this question, it's necessary to add and subtract numbers as indicated to find the total. 5 + 7 = 12, 12 + 10 = 22, 22 + 6 = 28, and 28 - 2 = 26.

How many minutes are in six hours?

Since there are 60 minutes in one hour, there are 6 x 60 minutes in six hours. And 6 x 60 = 360 minutes.

On a number line, which number is closest to zero?

A number line can be drawn according to the scale of the problem at hand, but all numbers are a certain distance from zero. Small positive and negative numbers are closest to zero, while large positive and negative numbers are farther away.

How many pennies are in $23.25?

One penny is equal to $0.01, so it takes 2,325 pennies to get $23.25. If you asked how many quarters go into that amount, the answer is 93.

If a polygon is an octagon, how many sides does it have?

The prefix (in this case octa-) indicates how many sides the polygon has. A hexagon has six sides, an octagon has eight and a decagon has 10.

How many centimeters are in a meter?

'Centi' stands for one hundred. There are one hundred centimeters in a meter, and 0.01 meters in one centimeter. Similarly, there are 1,000 millimeters in one meter and 0.001 meters in one millimeter.

Crunch without a calculator: 25 x 8 = ?

An easy way to think about this problem is in terms of quarters. We know four quarters makes 100 cents, so double that must be 200.

What is PEMDAS a mnemonic for?

PEMDAS is a mnemonic for remembering the correct order of operations. It means to first simplify anything inside parentheses, then simplify exponents, then multiply and divide, then add and subtract.

What is the volume of a regular cube if one side is 4 inches long?

A regular cube has sides of equal length, so if you know one side, you know them all. 4 x 4 x 4 = 64, so the volume is 64 cubic inches.

What part of a fraction is the denominator?

In a fraction, the numerator is the place for the top number and the denominator is the place for the bottom number. For example, in the fraction 1/4, 1 is in the numerator and 4 is in the denominator.

Consider the number 234.67: which number is in the tenth's place?

The "tenths" place is immediately to the right of the decimal point. That means six is the number to choose.

What answer should you get when dividing 1.4 by 0.7?

An interesting way to think about this problem is to turn it into (1.4/0.7) x (10/10). 1.4 x 10 = 14 and 0.7 x 10 = 7. Now, you have 14/7, which easily simplifies to 2.

Which of the following ordered pairs has the greatest x-value?

Ordered pairs are written in the format (x,y) with respect to the x,y coordinate system. (14, -3) has the largest x value and (-2,7) has the largest y value.

Which of these numbers is most precise?

The number itself doesn't give any information regarding accuracy, but as for precision, 6.7899 is by far the most precise. It is able to report information all the way to the ten-thousandths digit, which is the smallest digit shown.

What number is the result when 1090.877 is rounded to the nearest hundred?

Rounding to the nearest hundred means finding the number closest to the next full digit in the hundreds column. Since 90 is closer to 100 than to 0, 1090.877 is rounded to 1,100.

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