## 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?

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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

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

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