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Heads-up Mathletes, it’s time to tee-off on this week’s word problem. The topic this week is golf, but you don’t have to be a pro to get a hole-in-one on this challenge. Just take your time, focus on the facts, and don’t forget to check back tomorrow to compare your solution to ours.
Jayce and Arianna are practicing their golf swings. They bring 32 golf balls to the course. Jayce hits all 32 first, then retrieves all but one. Then it’s Arianna’s turn to hit all the remaining golf balls and retrieve them, but she also loses one. If this pattern continues, who will take the 12th turn, and how many golf balls will he or she hit? Find a way to solve the problem without counting each turn.