*These cold, calculating word problems, selected by Sara Cassidy, originally appeared in* Mathematics for Canadians 8* by D.S. Mewhort, B.A., B.Paed.; and R.S. Godbold, B.A., B.Paed, first published by J.M. Dent and Sons Ltd. and the Macmillan Company of Canada Ltd. in 1952. Visit Sara Cassidy at saracassidywriter.com.*

The radiator in the Grey’s car has a capacity of 14 quarts. In filling it with anti-freeze for the winter, Mr. Grey uses half alcohol and half water. Find the cost of the anti-freeze used if one gallon of alcohol costs $3.60.

To make 10 gallons of maple syrup, 400 gallons of sap were required. What fraction of the maple sap became syrup?

The ice in the Community Rink at Oakway is ½ inch thick. How many cubic feet of ice are on the rink if the length is 160 feet and the width 60 feet?

A three-inch strip of asbestos material is to be placed around the inside of an opening through which a stovepipe is to pass. Neglecting the width of the material, how long must the strip be, if the pipe has a 7-inch diameter?

Using a power saw, Mr. Frost can cut 4-1/3 cords of firewood per day. At this rate, how long will it take him to cut 65 cords?

A mixture of gunpowder consisted of .1 saltpetre, .15 sulphur, and .75 charcoal. How many pounds of each would be required to make 5 cwt. of gunpowder?