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Question from Andrea, a parent:

mr karnowski has a stack of 125 sheets of graph paper.He is passing out g sheets to each of his students. What is the expression for the number of sheets he will pass out to the first 5 students?

Hi Andrea,

He gives $g$ sheets to the first student and $g$ sheets to the second student and so on for 5 students. Thus he has given out

\[g + g + g + g + g = 5 \times g \mbox{ sheets.}\]

Often we would write $5 \times g$ as $5g.$


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