Problem Solving

5.1 Problem Solving



Here is Farid's height and mass.

Height: \(1.4\text{ m}\)

Weight: \(36\text{ kg}\)

Does Farid have an ideal body mass?

BMI \((\text{ kg/m}^2)\) You have:
\(<18.5\) underweight
\(18.5-24.9\) ideal weight
\(25-30\) overweight
\(30\) or more obes

\(\text{BMI } = \dfrac{\text{Body mass (kg)}}{\text{Height (m)}\times \text{Height(m)}}\\\ \\ \quad\space\space\space=\dfrac{36}{1.4\times 1.4}\\\ \\ \quad\space\space\space=\dfrac{36}{1.96}\\\ \\ \quad\space\space\space=18.37\)

Farid's BMI is \(18.37\text{ kg/m}^2\). Therefore, Farid has ideal body mass.                                           




The picture below shows the volume of water in two containers, R and S.

Mrs Jim wants to prepare some syrup. She dissolves 180 g of sugar in container R. How much sugar, in g, should be dissolved in container S so that both the containers have the same concentration of syrup?

Container R: \(1\dfrac{1}{2}\,m\ell=1500\,\ell\)

\(1\ 500\ ml\) → \(180\ g\)

\(1\ ml\) → \(\dfrac{180\ g}{1500\ ml}\)

\(450\ ml\) → \(\dfrac{180\ g}{1500\ ml}\times450\ ml=54\ g \)                                    


Maria’s body mass is 68 kg. She is obese based on her mass, height and age. She tried to reduce her body mass by cycling 3 km and jogging 2.5 km every day for four weeks. Then, her body mass decreased by 5%. Calculate Maria’s new body mass.


Original mass = 100%

New mass = 100% - 5% = 95%

\(\dfrac{95}{100}\times\ 68\ kg=0.95\times 68\ kg \)

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Puan Ina buys a piece of cloth measuring 14 m in length that costs RM 210. The cloth is cut into 7 pieces of equal lengths. She uses 3 pieces of the cloth to make a tablecloth. What is the length of cloth, in m, used to make the tablecloth? Calculate the cost of the tablecloth.


The length of the tablecloth:
\(\begin{aligned}\\ \small{\color{red}2}\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\\ \dfrac{3}{\cancel7}\times\cancel{14}\ m=3\times2\ m\\ \small{\color{red}1}\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\\ \quad\quad= 6\ m\quad\space\space\\ \end{aligned}\\\)

The cost of the tablecloth:
\(\begin{aligned}\\ \small{\color{red}{\text{RM }30}}\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\space\space\\ \dfrac{3}{\cancel7}\times\cancel{\text{RM }210}=3\times \text{RM }30\\ \small{\color{red}1}\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\\ \quad\quad= \text{RM }\ 90\quad\space\\ \end{aligned}\\\)