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The idea to convert Jay-Z’s 99 Problems into 99 Word Problems came to me many months ago, but beyond the title I didn’t initially think I’d be able to adapt the lyrics and rhythm to a math song. I also was starting to tire of making math song parodies. I’m not sure what caused me to recently regain interest and revisit this idea – Likely the free time for such things that comes with summer vacation.
Three word problems of increasing difficulty are posed in the lyrics, with the idea that I might offer extra credit to the first student next year who can correctly answer all three. The questions along with some clarifications are:
I made up all of these word problems. The first two are pretty typical of what one might find in a text book or puzzle book. Problems #3 and #4 are similar in nature to ones I’ve seen in math puzzle books, but I’ve never seen these exact problems before. I also was unable to find these two problems presented anywhere on the internet.