Table Math Challenge

 Instructions: Consider each question and enter your answers in the blank boxes. After you complete the exercise, print this page and place it in your folder or portfolio. Select the "DRAFT" mode and "GRAYSCALE" on your printer preferences to save ink on your printer. -- >>Remember --- It is smart to ask for help when you need it!

To find out how many cells are in a table, simply multiply the number of columns by the number of rows.

1. A table that has 6 rows and 2 columns has cells.

2. A table that has 2 rows and 7 columns has cells.

3. A table that has 3 rows and 5 columns has cells.

4. A table that has 4 rows and 4 columns has cells.

Good work. Now let's go a step farther.

Imagine that you want to cover your kitchen wall with new wallpaper. Imagine creating a table against that wall. Each column will be one foot wide and each row will be one foot wide. If your wall holds 6 columns and 8 rows, how many cells will you have?

--> cells.

Each cell in that wall table will be 1 foot wide and 1 foot high. It is square. The space held  inside of each cell is said to be 1 square foot (1 ft2). If you have two cells in that table, the space they occupy is 2 square feet (2 ft2).

= 2 square feet (2 ft2)

If you have a table that has 48 squares (6 one-foot columns X 8 one-foot rows), just like the table against our kitchen wall, how many square feet would the table or the wall cover?

Good. So, if you want to buy wallpaper for that wall, how much would you buy?

What if your wall were 8 feet high and 12 feet wide? How many square feet of wallpaper would you need?