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# How to write it out in Expression with parentheses

Challenge:  Allison buys 16 treats for her pet bird and 8 treats for her fish.  Hansen buys 6 treats for his pet cat and 14 treats are packd in each of 4 containers.  How many more treats does Allison pack in each container than Hansen?  Explain

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Rebecca B. | Excellent Experienced Tutor in a Variety of SubjectsExcellent Experienced Tutor in a Variety...
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(16+8) - (6+14)

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It isn't asking for anything complicated in this one, lucky you!

So all you need to need to look at is:

Allison: 16 +8

Hansen: 6+14

The rest of the info is there just to confuse you and see how close of attention you are paying. Some will disagree with me on this but lets be serious.

So it wants to know how many MORE Allison has then Hansen

Add 16+8 which equals: 24   -- this is how many treats Allison bought

Add 6+14 which equals: 20 -- this is how many treats Hansen bought

Now just subtract: 24-20 = 4

Allison has 4 MORE treats total then Hansen

I can see the idea in this answer but it assumes more than the question states. The question asks how many are packed in "each" container by Allison. Furthermore, it doesn't ask how many "more are packed by Allison and it says nothing about how she distributes them in the containers. Rebecca may be right about what the question is after but if she is right then this is a very poorly written question.

good point Chris I misread it.

Rana A. | Experienced tutor for 30+ yrs, and still making it easy!Experienced tutor for 30+ yrs, and still...
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Chris, you are absolutely correct. It is a very poorly written question. The question doesn't tell you how many each person would pack, just how many each purchases. You could do a fractional portion of each: 16+8/44 = 24/44 for allison and 6/44 for hanson, but the question doesn't say how they are packed (distributed) into the containers, nor does it even say that the 14 belongs to Hansen or Allison. As such, vital information is missing from the problem, and one can't assume they want it in equal portions either.

Chris S. | ESL, English, math, biblical studies, computer, philosophyESL, English, math, biblical studies, co...
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This questions seems to be missing information that would allow us to solve it. We know the quantities purchased by both Allison and Hansen. We know that some treats are packed in some containers but it is unclear if these are Hansen's or perhaps how the come from the store. What we need to know is how many treats each person packs. That is not known. And, if we did know how many were packed by each person we still would not know how they distributed them in the containers, assuming that is what the question is getting at. Is there any more context for this question?

Chris