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Question from Marjorie, a parent:

How do I figure out the following? Dylan's dog weights 12 times more than his pet rabbit. The dog and the rabbit weight 104 pounds. How much does Dylan's dog weigh? Would you explain in detail how I would arrive at the answer so I can convey same to my grandson who is in the 5th grade.


Hi Marjorie,

Part of the difficulty with this question is that it is poorly worded. The first sentence in correct English should read "Dylan's dog weighs 12 times as much as his pet rabbit."

My answer would be the following.

Since you are only interested in weight replace Dylan's dog by 12 rabbits. Now you have 13 rabbits with a total weight of 104 pounds. How much does each rabbit weigh?


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