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realistic word problem
Posted:
Mar 20, 2001 4:30 PM


So I'm at the periodontist a few weeks ago and he cut some tissue out of the top of my mouth and grafted it over a receding gum. He told his assistant ( aa former student  they are everywhere) that he had taken a piece that was 16 mm x 9 mm x 2 mm. He later remarked that it had started out at about 10 1/2 mm and expanded to 16 mm because of unexplained "difficulties". I of course had to confirm that it was rectangular in shape which led to a discussion of how I was going to use it as a word problem and then a discussion of how he used metric units combined with fractions instead of decimals.
Today I go back to get the stitches out. He was ready for me. He wanted me to figure out how many surgeries it takes for him to get his pound of flesh....
Laura
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