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Word Problem Wednesday 9-19-18

Sep 19, 2018

Question: Anna builds a snowman out of 3 big snowballs. The first snowball weighs 48 pounds. The second snowball weighs 1/2 as much as the first. The third snowball weighs 2/3 as much as the second. How much does the snowman weigh in total?

Answer:  88 pounds

Solution:  The first snowball weighs 48 pounds. The second snowball weighs 1/2 × 48 = 24 pounds. The third snowball weighs 2/3 × 24 = 16 pounds. So, the snowman weighs 48 + 24 + 16 = 88 pounds altogether.