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Matched pairs 2017-12-13
From Lin:

Imagine you and your 4 study group partners are interested in whether all
those hours you spent together working on statistics problems for midterm
exam 2 actually helped your group's performance on that exam relative to its
performance on the first midterm exam. Suppose the first and second midterm
Is there sufficient evidence (at a = :05) to conclude that the group performed

midterm 1 midterm 2
A 25 28
B 20 19
C 15 21
D 16 25
E 20 22

Three chickens weighed in pairs 2015-09-01
From Shelly:
My son brought home a problem of 3 chickens of different weights listing their weights in different groupings of 2. We are to determine the weight of all three together. I think it's a ratio problem, but I am too far removed to formulate a plan to teach him how to solve it.
Answered by Robert Dawson and Penny Nom.
Points on the x-axis 2015-03-14
From Justin:
jamie tells her friend that ordered pairs that have an x-coordinate of O line x-axis. She used the origin as an example. Describe Janine error. Use a counterexample to explain why Janine statement is false
Scheduling meetings with pairs of people 2015-01-22
From Jacey:
I am trying to figure out a formula/system to pair up a list of people so they meet with each other every month, but they rotate who they meet with. Right now I have 13 people and I would like to just type in their names and then have the system put each person with someone else every month and rotate so no one gets the same person twice. Can this be done?
Ordered pairs 2007-05-09
From chasity:
a teacher wishes to schedule a quiz during part of a two-hour class. the equation 1+e=120 can be used to find the available lecture time "1" given that "e" minutes are planned for the quiz. determine the ordered pairs that satisfy the equation if the domain is {20,30,45,60}
The point slope form of a line 2004-10-26
From Jack:
Given a set of ordered pairs, ie (1,1) (2,4) (3,7), how does one determine the rule f(n) other than by trial and error
Three numbers are added in pairs 2004-02-12
From Jane:
When three numbers are added in pairs, the sums of the pairs are 22, 39, and 45. What are the three numbers?
Pairing boys and girls 2004-02-01
From Terri:
Suppose 7 boys and 7 girls are assigned to work in pairs of one boy and one girl. Explain what equation can be used and how you would use a simpler problem to solve these types of questions.
Pairs of prime numbers 2003-10-13
From Nikolas:
Use pairs of prime numbers to find all the numbers less than 50 that have only two prime factors. Make an organized list.
A sequence of number pairs 2002-01-10
From Terry:
Three is the first number of a pair, and 8 is the second.

a. If 50 is the first number, what is the second number?
b. If 200 is the first number, what is the second number?
c. If 89 is the second number, what is the first number?
d. If a number n is the first number, what is the second number?

3-8
4-11
5-14
6-17
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10-29
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12 pairs playing bridge 2001-11-09
From Diana:
I have 12 pairs playing bridge against one another for 12 games. I need to have each pair partnered with another pair -- but only once. I'm looking for a schedule for play for all 12 games. They should only be able to play against another team only once also. (ex: 1/2 v 3/4 then 4/2 v 3/1) Thank you for this opportunity to solve my dilemma.