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Laura Bracken

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Registered: 12/6/04
realistic word problem
Posted: Mar 20, 2001 4:30 PM
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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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