Math IS Real Life June 2015 Edition: car upkeep!

It’s the first Wednesday of June which means it’s time for our monthly linky – Math IS Real Life!! If you want to see how the linky works, or just want other real world math ideas, check out our Pinterest Board of all the posts so that you can look back and find some great ideas and REAL pictures to use in your classroom!

If you are linking up, please include the below picture AND a link back to all four of our blogs – feel free to use the 2nd image and the links listed below!



 A monthly REAL WORLD math blog link-up hosted by

 4mulaFunThe Teacher StudioTeaching to Inspire in 5th, AND MissMathDork,


Back in February, my husband and I decided to trade in both of our vehicles. He wanted to go back to a car from his SUV and I wanted to go to move to a smaller SUV instead of my car.  The entire process could have easily been a MIRL post but I was so wrapped up in the process that I forgot to take pics and whatnot…oops!


Anyhoo, as you may have notices in last month’s landscaping post, I have a shiny new *orange* Chevy  Trax!  I’m absolutely in love with this car.  It gets nice mileage, and I feel much safer commuting in it.  I feel like I have a bit more substance driving down the interstate with all the 18-wheelers.


One of the benefits of having the Trax is the OnStar built in.  Each month I receive an email letting me know how my car is operating and when I need maintenance.  I also have access to the OnStar app and that’s where this month’s MIRL comes in!  Just the other day I was driving home from school and I noticed that I had tripped 6,000 miles on the odometer.  It occurred to me that I hadn’t had an oil change yet and that I should check the owner’s manual for the suggested amount of time.  Before I had a chance to do so, I checked the app and saw that I had 20% of my oil life left.


Instantly my mind went into math mode!


What other ways could I have figured out this problem? Will I always be able to wait 7,500 miles before an oil change?


  Don’t forget to check out the other MIRL posts below!  Check back over the next few days – more will be added!!

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