GANT, JIM ( (no email) )
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 09:20:45 -0800

Richard, I think there's a potential ambiguity due to how the question
is phrased. For example, you could understand the question and givens
as:

1. diamond - 38 = circle x 11, circle x 11 = square /5. OR as
2. diamond - 38 = circle, circle x 11 = square, square / 5 ...

I think the latter "interpretation" is what the teacher intended, and is
the basis for Michael's solution. The former gives a different set of
diamond=249, circle=19.222, square=1,055, triangle=184,
hexagon=105.5, oval=230.

At least we get the same answer for oval regardless of how we understand
the question!

Jim
-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Claborn
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Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 1998 9:08 AM
To: CASNET

Richard,

Considering this is a problem for a third 3rd grade class, I
get :
diamond=38, circle=40, square=440, triangle=88, hexagon=115,
oval=230.

I'd be interested to hear what solution you came up with,
and the
solution the teacher
gave (my wife teaches elementary school). I'm not claiming to
be a
"math professional",
but I hope this helps you out.

Michael

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