As another school year draws to an end, students begin to make summer plans. Many of their activities will call on them to apply the math skills that they have learned this year. Set in the real-life scenario of a trip to an amusement park, this activity requires students to apply basic operations and an understanding of inequalities.

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Edited by Drew Polly,, an assistant professor in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte; and Denise T. Johnson,, an assistant professor of education at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. Each month this section of the “problem solvers” department features a new problem for students. Readers are encouraged to submit problems to be considered for future “problem solvers” columns. We cannot acknowledge receipt of problems; however, those selected for publication will be credited to the author. See detailed submission guidelines at

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