Posted by **Kay Kay** on Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 4:13pm.

Today the center city baseball team scored 5 runs. The day before yesterday they scored w runs. How many runs did they score in these two days? write the answer to the problem as an algebraic expression.

I have 5+w. I thought the part about two days didnt' matter. but I'm not sure.

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**Ms. Sue**, Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 4:24pm
Yes, you're right. :-)

5 + w

The two days have nothing to do with the algebraic expression.

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**DrBob222**, Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 4:31pm
Personally, I think this is a poor question. Have I missed something?

The day before yesterday, the team scored w runs. Yesterday makes the second day. Today is the third day and the team scores 5 runs. However, the problem says "THESE two" days which makes one think they want the sum which, as you have it, is 5 + w. However, I think the correct answer is 5 runs because the day before yesterday (day 1) was w runs, yesterday (the second day) was no game, I assume, and today (the third day) gives 5 runs. The way I see it w+5 runs were scored in the three days while 5 runs were scored in the last two days. Check my thinking. Again, let me ask if I've missed something?

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**Kay Kay**, Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 7:37pm
@ Ms. Sue, Thank you for your answer. @ Drbob22, Thank you for your thoughts. The question was produced by my instructor and I'm sure your right, it probably isn't the best question. I have typed it as it was written.

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**Anonymous**, Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 11:28pm
Find the slope of the line through the given points: (8, -2) and (8, -1)

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