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Subject: Geometry

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Darryl is wrapping a giant teddy bear for his toddler brother in a gift box for Christmas. The box is 12 feet tall, six feet wide, and eight feet long. How much wrapping paper will he need to completely cover the box?

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1. Set up a surface area equation: SA = 2(lw + wh + hl). SA represents the surface area of the box; l, the length; w, the width; and h, the height. 2. Substitute the variables with the numbers mentioned in the word problem: SA = 2[8(6) + 6(12) + 12(8)]. 3. Using the order of operations, multiply the terms in the inner parentheses. 8 x 6 = 48, 6 x 12 = 72, and 12 x 8 = 96. 4. Add the terms in parentheses. 48 + 72 + 96 = 216. 5. Multiply the above sum by two. 216 x 2 = 432. 6. Attach the units. Multiplying feet by feet results in square feet, so 432 becomes 432 square feet. Answer: Darryl needs 432 square feet of wrapping paper to completely cover the gift box.

Subject: Pre-Algebra

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Kyle wants to buy a $500 laptop computer, but he only has $200 in his bank account. He works as a tutor on weekends, earning $30 per session. Write a formula representing this situation and calculate the number of weeks it will take for Kyle to buy the laptop. Let t represent the time in weeks.

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1. Write a formula representing the situation: 200 + 30t = 500. 2. Subtract 200 on both sides. 500 - 200 = 300, and 200 - 200 = 0. So 30t = 300. 3. Divide by 30 on both sides. 30t ÷ 30 = t, and 300 ÷ 30 = 10. So t = 10. Answer: It will take 10 weeks for Kyle to buy the laptop.

Subject: Basic Math

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Brenda has saved $100 to spend on birthday gifts for her daughter Brianna. Brianna enjoys reading, and her birthday wish is to own as many books as possible. Brenda decides to visit a bookstore a children’s book cost $7. How many books can Brenda buy with the $100 she has?

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1. Set up a long division problem: 100 ÷ 7 = ? 2. Since 7 can go into 10 once (and 7 x 1 = 7), subtract 7 from 10 to get 3, drag down the second 0 in 100, and place a 1 on top of the first 0. 3. Since 7 can go into 30 four times (and 7 x 4 = 28), subtract 28 from 30 to get the remainder, 2, and place a 4 on top of the second 0. 4. The quotient is 14, remainder 2. Answer: Brenda can buy 14 books with the $100 she has.

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