Outline Mathematics
Arithmetic Word Problems

M. Jordan and K. Abdul-Jabbar

Here's a problem to tackle:

How many points did basketball's all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, score?

Michael Jordan scored 26,710 points. Abdul-Jabbar scored 11,677 more points than Jordan did. What is Abdul-Jabbar's career score?

Solution


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Solution

How many points did basketball's all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, score?

Michael Jordan scored 26,710 points. Abdul-Jabbar scored 11,677 more points than Jordan did. What is Abdul-Jabbar's career score?

(In the text below, some words are omitted. These have been underlined. Click just above the line. See what happens.)

This is an addition problem of course, the indication of which we gather from the presence of the word "more": there is one number, Jordan's score, and another quantity, Abdul-Jabbar's score, which is more by a given amount of points,bagels,balls,nets,points. Thus we have to add,remove,add the extra 11677,26710,11677,38387 points to the Jordan's 26710,11677,26710,38387. The result is 38387,26710,11677,38387 points. Wow,Wow,Phew.

References

  1. E. Charlesworth, 225 Fantastic Facts Math Word Problems, Scholastic, 2001

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