Education

2019-06-07

Have you ever seen a honey bee? Are you scared of honey bees? Let me tell you some interesting facts about honey bees. Don't worry we don’t have any of these fascinating creatures hanging out in our math learning centres looking for a lesson in math, but we’ve made them the subject of this week’s word problem.

**Honey bees are super-important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables.****Honey bees live in hives (or colonies)****A Colony Can Contain Up to 60,000 Bees****Honey bees are fab flyers. They fly at a speed of around 25km per hour and beat their wings 230 times per second****A Single Worker Bee Produces About 1/12th of a Teaspoon (15 ml) of Honey****Honey Bees Uses Complex Symbolic Language****The queen can live up to five years. She can lay up to 2,500 eggs a day!**

Brush up your elementary school math skills such as estimation, division, multiplication, addition and subtraction, and try to solve the following word problem. We know you can do it! hen you’re ready, look below to check your solution against ours.

**Question:** How many worker bees are needed to produce the
3 litres of Honey.

**Solution:** 1 worker bee can produce only 1/12 tablespoon of
honey = 15/12 ml

To produce 1 ml of honey we need 12/15 honey bees

To produce 3000 ml of honey we need 12/15 * 3000 honey bees = 2400 honey bees