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# Pole in lake

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### #61 akaslickster

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 05:33 AM

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### #62 The Bio G

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 10:47 AM

48.000000000000000000000000000019............... feets
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### #63 Lost in space

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 11:13 AM

48.000000000000000000000000000019............... feets

Nope it's sixteen and a half foots

Edited by Lost in space, 15 April 2008 - 11:14 AM.

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### #64 cathy

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 12:06 AM

half the pole is in the ground 1/2 =3/6
1/3 the pole is in the water 1/3=2/6
8ft of the pole is above the water
1=6/6
6/6 - 3/6 - 2/6 = 1/6
8ft = 1/6 of the pole
8ft x 6 = 48ft
the pole is 48ft long
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### #65 Brandonb

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 12:21 AM

I still say the ground is not water... It could be 12ft.
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### #66 Dragon Knight

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 06:17 PM

im new and this one caught my eye for some weird reason....

real quick explanation:
turn the fractions into percentages

1/2 = 50%
1/3 = 33%
50% + 33% = 83%
17% of the pole is above water

8 / .17 = 47.058823529411764705882352941176

just depends on what value you are gonna round to
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### #67 Steve Luke

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 08:45 PM

I agree with the 12ft. answer.

The wording is strange and makes you think why not just say '8 feet are in the air' if in the air is what you meant? Really, only because 'in the air' is not what is meant. What IS meant is that 8ft is not in the water, exactly as stated. If not in the water, where can it be? In the ground, or in the air. So we know:
3/6 = in ground
2/6 = in air
4/6 = 8 feet
So the entire pole = 12 feet.
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### #68 FlaNative

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 10:09 PM

"WORD" "PROBLEMS" require skill sets as both grammartician and mathematician. [with a little [un]common sense thrown in.]
The answer is 48feet. If you have a different answer, check one of the above skill sets. In the spirit of this website, should we rewrite the OP's to suit obscure interpretations? The "and" preceeding the 8 feet connects this phrase to the "another" following the comma, therefore the 8 feet is not part of the original 50% in the ground. [So common sense and grammar win out over obscure interpretation.] This one is a word problem, not so much a trick question which would beg for effort to look for hidden clues.
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### #69 alphaprime73

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 10:57 PM

"WORD" "PROBLEMS" require skill sets as both grammartician and mathematician. [with a little [un]common sense thrown in.]
The answer is 48feet. If you have a different answer, check one of the above skill sets. In the spirit of this website, should we rewrite the OP's to suit obscure interpretations? The "and" preceeding the 8 feet connects this phrase to the "another" following the comma, therefore the 8 feet is not part of the original 50% in the ground. [So common sense and grammar win out over obscure interpretation.] This one is a word problem, not so much a trick question which would beg for effort to look for hidden clues.

Chuck Norris swam out into the water and removed the pole, and with his mighty strength he roundhouse kicked the pole into outerspace. Hence removing the issue of how much is sticking where.
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Posted 09 May 2008 - 01:20 AM

im probally wrong and im okay with that but my guess is 16 feet because 8 feet of pole is out of water and half of the pole is in the ground which technically is not under water so the lenghth of pole in the ground is 8 feet doubled to equal the whole pole is 16. maybe. i think i should have done something with the 1/3 being in the water so my calculations are incomplete oh well
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