While looking through a textbook, I ran across this fun set of measurement puzzlers. They strongly rely on a knowledge of metric prefixes and a love of puns. I think they could be a fun addition to a math or science class!
Quite a few people joined in the fun when I shared a photo of the problems on twitter, so I decided to type them up to make a more shareable resource that others could use with their students.
These puzzles are from A Survey of Mathematics with Applications (8E) by Angel, Abbott, and Runde (page 509). I borrowed the book for free from the Internet Archive’s Online Lending Library.
I think these puzzles would have made a really fun class opener when I was teaching physical science and chemistry. I also think this could make a fun bulletin board. Hmmm…
Super stumped? There were quite a few spoilers in this twitter thread that might get your brain working through these measurement puzzlers.
Free Download of Measurement Puzzlers
Measurement Puzzlers (PDF) (805 downloads)
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I intentionally do not make answers to the printable math puzzles I share on my blog available online because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are non-google-able. I would like other teachers to be able to use these puzzles in their classrooms as well without the solutions being easily found on the Internet.
However, I do recognize that us teachers are busy people and sometimes need to quickly reference an answer key to see if a student has solved a puzzle correctly or to see if they have interpreted the instructions properly.
If you are a teacher who is using these puzzles in your classroom, please send me an email at email@example.com with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.