Mrs. Hansen's students solve math problems sent by students in Botswana for Kidlink's project - Cultures Around the World
The Bangwato Trading Problems
The Bangwato had 249 chickens worth P5.00 (five Pula - Botswana's currency is the Pula) each and the San had 159 pairs of leather shoes each worth P10.00. They trade and the Bangwato have 200 chickens left.
How much money did they make? The San have 129 pairs of shoes left. How much money did they make?
If the Bangwato traded 1 pot for 7 necklaces and the San wanted 20 pots, how many necklaces would they have to pay?
Done by Tshepo, Tebogo, Thato, Thula and M.J.
A hundred cows were given to the San chief for lobola (bridesprice) from the Bangwato chief's son. Before the Bangwato gave the cattle, the San chief had 650 cattle. During winter the San chief lost 77 cattle and 28 were born. How many cattle does he have now?
The San chief's wife had 1000 beads. She traded 557 for 57 ostrich eggs. She then made 18 more. How many beads does she have now?
A San woman had 57 pots. She gave their chief 18 pots for a goat. The goat destroyed 7 pots, but she made 20 more. She was then given 13 more for the damage. How many pots does she have now?
By Phongula, Pamela, Tsitsi, Lobone and Cassandra
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November 23, 2000