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 Question from KT, a parent: what are three formulas you can use to find the perimeter of a square park measuring 150 ft by 150 ft?

KT,

I don't like the way this question is worded. It perpetuates the idea that mathematics is a collection of formula. Here is another wording.

John has to measure the perimeter of three parks. The first park has 4 sides but the lengths of the 4 sides are all different. How can he measure the perimeter?

Answer: Measure the lengths of the 4 sides and add the lengths.

The second park is a rectangle. Is there an easier way to measure the perimeter? If so, what is it?

Answer: Yes. Start at one corner and measure the length of a side, turn the corner and measure the length of the next side. Add the lengths of the two sides and multiply the sum by 2.

The third park is a square. Is there an even easier way to measure the perimeter? If so, what is it?

Answer: Yes. Measure the length of one side and multiply this length by 4.

I hope this helps,
Penny

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