Sunday, June 17, 2007

Real life algebra problem

I turned on the radio the other day and found an intersting situation, the announcer of the Cardinals game said, "There have been 25 runs scored today, and the Cardinals are down by 9". He didn't give me a score but it only took me a few seconds to figure out.

x+y = 25
x-y = 9
2x = 34
x = 17 (the Roayls)
25-17 = 8 (the Cardinals)

I was able to do the simple math in my head and laughed that it was simple algebra. Thank you Mrs. Barzantny in 8th grade. Make sure your kids know their math, it may be needed with baseball.