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July 20th, 2006, 10:26 PM
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Hello,

I am trying to solve the following.... but I am severly stuck.

Thanks


A man's boyhood lasted 1/6 of his life, he played

football for the next 1/8 of his life, and he married

5 years after quitting football. A daughter was born

after he had been married 1/12 of his life. The

daughter lived 1/2 as many years as her father. The

man died 6 years after his daughter. How old was the

man when he died? Use a number line to illustrate the

time. Then write an equation and solve it



So far I have ...(??) am i close at all?
Thank you soOOO much!


x(x+1/6)(x+1/8)5x(1/12)-1/2dividex+6
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July 21st, 2006, 12:23 AM
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Wow thats intresting...and hard! lol

I just tried it but can't get passed how he suposed to live 6 years after his daughter, when she is suposed to live half as long as he does. Doesn't that mean they die at the same time? I must be reading it wrong.

Heather!! A maths wizz is needed here!
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July 21st, 2006, 02:37 PM
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I'm so sorry, I'm such a math dunce I can't help at all! Sometimes I wonder how I'll teach my kids anything past adding and subracting!
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July 23rd, 2006, 10:30 PM
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its been a long time since I did this kind of math, but here is the equation I came up with:

(1/6*x)+(1/8*x)+5+(1/12*x)+(x*1/2)+6=x

not sure if its right or not. I think I figured the answer out but that just by guesswork before figuring out the equation.

hope that helps

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