Word Problem

Feb 20, 2018 | Guelph

Extend Your Reach

By Mathnasium | Added Feb 14, 2018

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Hey,  problem solvers!  This week’s Word Problem Wednesday is going to help you extend your reach.  Put your math skills to the test in today’s Challenge – then come back tomorrow to compare your answer  to the Solution!

Challenge:  Westley is 6 feet tall. He can reach objects 20 inches over his head­—24 inches if he stands on his tiptoes. Can Westley reach a pitcher that is hanging 90 inches off the ground?  And if so, how do we know?

Solution: Yes! Since there are 12 inches in a foot, Westley is 6 × 12 = 72 inches tall. He can reach objects 24 inches over his head, so he can reach up to 72 + 24 = 96 inches off the ground. The pitcher is only 90 inches off the ground, so Westley can easily reach it.