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### Course: 4th grade > Unit 5

Lesson 7: Multiplication, division word problems# Division word problem: field goals

Sal solves a division word problem. Created by Sal Khan.

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- Can someone explain this in an easier way so I can understand how to do this? And is there a different way to do this?(29 votes)
- Well, maybe if I further explain what Sal did, and why he did it, the problem might make more sense to you.

Let's start with the facts that are given. We know that Blair scored 144 points this season. We also know that every field goal he scored was worth three points. Finally, we know that Blair played 16 games this season. Everything else in the word problem is background information that is not relevant.

We want to find out how many field goals Blair scored in each game. To do this, Sal divides 144, which is the number of**points**Blair scored, by three, which is the number of points scored**every time he kicked the ball into the goal**.

Dividing 144 by 3, gets us the number of field goals that he scored, which is**48**. But, we want to find the number**of goals scored in each game**. Thus, Sal divides**48**, which is the number of goals scored, by**16**which is the number of games that Blair played.

Doing this allows us to find the amount of field goals scored in each game, which is 3.

I believe that the way Sal approached this problem is the easiest way to solve it.

I hope this helps!(35 votes)

- Can someone help me with this pleeaseeeee?(9 votes)
- Okay! This is basically division, but it is changed into words. You just need to interpret it correctly. First, you must know that if there are certain keywords, you know it is a division word problem. If you hear divided by, split, or share, you are probably doing division.

Then, you just need to know: what are the numbers, and how can you arrange them so that it makes sense? For the question in the video, you can cross out the 50 in the 50-yard field goals in your mind, because we can identify that it isn't a number in the problem, it is just a type of kick. Now, to find the total number of kicks, we don't need the 16 games fact, either. We will use it later.

Okay, so we can now know that we just need to have 144 points from kicks, and each of them are worth 3 points. To find the number of kicks, it would seem unlikely to divide 3 by 144, because we would get a decimal number of kicks, which isn't possible. So we divide 144 by 3. You can use a calculator or use division to get the answer. Either way, you should get 48. But 48 is the total number of kicks, and we just want in one game.

Now we use the information that he played in 16 games. If he got 48 in total, and he played 16 games, then we divide 48 by 16 to get 3. Again, we don't want to have 16 divided by 48, because that would get a small number, and you can't get a decimal number of points. It has to be an integer. So 48 divided by 16. You can calculate it or punch it into a calculator, but the answer should always be 3.

Hope this helps!(12 votes)

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**NOT**get this**PLEASE EXPLAIN**(8 votes)- Okay! This is basically division, but it is changed into words. You just need to interpret it correctly. First, you must know that if there are certain keywords, you know it is a division word problem. If you hear divided by, split, or share, you are probably doing division.

Then, you just need to know: what are the numbers, and how can you arrange them so that it makes sense? For the question in the video, you can cross out the 50 in the 50-yard field goals in your mind, because we can identify that it isn't a number in the problem, it is just a type of kick. Now, to find the total number of kicks, we don't need the 16 games fact, either. We will use it later.

Okay, so we can now know that we just need to have 144 points from kicks, and each of them are worth 3 points. To find the number of kicks, it would seem unlikely to divide 3 by 144, because we would get a decimal number of kicks, which isn't possible. So we divide 144 by 3. You can use a calculator or use division to get the answer. Either way, you should get 48. But 48 is the total number of kicks, and we just want in one game.

Now we use the information that he played in 16 games. If he got 48 in total, and he played 16 games, then we divide 48 by 16 to get 3. Again, we don't want to have 16 divided by 48, because that would get a small number, and you can't get a decimal number of points. It has to be an integer. So 48 divided by 16. You can calculate it or punch it into a calculator, but the answer should always be 3.

Hope this helps!(7 votes)

- i understand this but its of hard to understand it(11 votes)
- what does wsg mean?? im confused-(4 votes)
- Okay! This is basically division, but it is changed into words. You just need to interpret it correctly. First, you must know that if there are certain keywords, you know it is a division word problem. If you hear divided by, split, or share, you are probably doing division.

Then, you just need to know: what are the numbers, and how can you arrange them so that it makes sense? For the question in the video, you can cross out the 50 in the 50-yard field goals in your mind, because we can identify that it isn't a number in the problem, it is just a type of kick. Now, to find the total number of kicks, we don't need the 16 games fact, either. We will use it later.

Okay, so we can now know that we just need to have 144 points from kicks, and each of them are worth 3 points. To find the number of kicks, it would seem unlikely to divide 3 by 144, because we would get a decimal number of kicks, which isn't possible. So we divide 144 by 3. You can use a calculator or use division to get the answer. Either way, you should get 48. But 48 is the total number of kicks, and we just want in one game.

Now we use the information that he played in 16 games. If he got 48 in total, and he played 16 games, then we divide 48 by 16 to get 3. Again, we don't want to have 16 divided by 48, because that would get a small number, and you can't get a decimal number of points. It has to be an integer. So 48 divided by 16. You can calculate it or punch it into a calculator, but the answer should always be 3.

Hope this helps!(6 votes)

- On the unit test it says that $17/$4 = $4 remainer 1. However, doing this on a calculator reveals 4.25. What is going on here?(3 votes)
- I was a little hasty. 0.25*4 = 1. So 4*4+0.25*4 = 4*4+1=17.(7 votes)

- i got the same answer but calculated like that :

144/16 = 9 , 9/3 = 3 , would that be correct ? i choose to divide the games first and then the points but i don't know if this is valid ?(6 votes) - is there a way to make division with remainders easier for a nine year old(6 votes)
- This helps me do my hw.(5 votes)
- I’m just kind of confused on the parts where you’re supposed to figure out the order of the word problem(4 votes)

## Video transcript

Blair scored 144 points
this football season. He scored all his points
with 50-yard field goal-- that's actually
pretty impressive. 50. That's close to record breaking. Even in the National
Football League, I think the record is like
60 yards or something. So Blair seems like a fairly
impressive individual. He scored all his points with
50-yard field goal kicks. I'm just underlining
that, because I'm impressed by how far
those field goals are, which are each worth 3 points. So a field goal in
American football, I should clarify
for those of you from other countries who think
we're talking about soccer, a field goal is
worth 3 points each. He played in 16
games this season. How many field goals did
Blair make in each game? Assume he made the same
number in each game. So this guy is an incredibly
consistent field goal kicker. He makes 50-yard field goals. He makes the same in every game. So let's think about
how many field goals did he make in each game. So there's a couple of
ways you can do this. We could first figure
out, well, how many field goals did he
make in the season? So he scored 144 points total. And if we divide that by 3,
we divide that by the fact that a field goal gets you
3 points per field goal. So the total number
of points divided by the points per
field goal, this should give us the total
number of field goals he had. So this right over here is
going to be equal to-- so 3 goes into 144. Let me do this on the
side right over here. 3 goes into 144. 3 doesn't go into 1. It goes into 14 four times. 4 times 3 is 12. Subtract 14 minus 12
is 2, bring down a 4. 3 goes into 24 perfectly. It goes exactly 8 times. 8 times 3 is 24. We have no remainder. So 144 divided by
3 is equal to 48. So all season, he has
kicked 48 field goals. Now, we still haven't
answered the other question. How many did he
make in each game? And we're assuming it's the
same number in each game. So this is the total
number across 16 games. To find out the average
he makes in each game, we divide this by 16. So let's take 48 total field
goals divided by 16 games is going to be-- well,
48 divided by 16 is 3. This is equal to 3
field goals per game. And we're done. How many field goals did
he make in each game? He scored 3.