Word Problem Wednesday: Extend Your Reach

Apr 4, 2018 | Diamond Bar

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This week's Word Problem Wednesday is all about extending your reach. Do you have what it takes to solve the challenge? Try it out and check your answer when you are done. 

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.