The following was one of Carman’s math problems yesterday:

Rose had 86 pencils more than pens. After she gave away 17 pencils, she had four times as many pencils as pens. How many pencils and pens did she have left?

While he occasionally has need to use algebra to solve tricky word problems, Marathon or I usually walk through it with him. This one he set up and completed entirely on his on. Here’s a copy of his work.


Carman was pleased with his accomplishment. We’re really proud of him.