See Spot run. See Spot jump. See Spot featured in this week’s word problem! We use math in all sorts of unexpected ways—even in dog training!
Can you solve this week’s “doggone great” Word Problem Wednesday? Give it a try and check the solution below to see how you did!
Spot the dog can jump 3¾ feet into the air. Can Spot catch a frisbee that flies 44 inches over his head?
Solution: One way to solve this problem is to convert 3¾ feet to inches. Three feet is 3 × 12 = 36 inches, and a quarter of a foot is 12 ÷ 4 = 3 inches. So, 3¾ is 36 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 45 inches. Spot can jump more than 44 inches, so he can catch the frisbee.
(Dog image by Richard Hurd: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rahimageworks/19237915950)