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Word Problem Wednesday 5-30-18

May 30, 2018

Question: Spot the dog can jump 3¾ feet into the air. Can Spot catch a frisbee that flies 44 inches over his head?

Answer:  Yes

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.