Posted by **Aly** on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 9:42pm.

A carpenter used 3 3/16 pounds of nails for a job. After the job was over, the remaining ails weighed 1 1/16 pounds. How many pounds of nails di the carpenter have at the beginning of the job? PLEASE HELP!

- math -
**Ms. Sue**, Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 9:44pm
3 3/16 + 1 1/16 = ?

- math -
**Aly**, Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 9:55pm
could I write that as x - 3 3/16 = 1 1/16 and x = 4 1/4?

- math -
**Ms. Sue**, Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 10:00pm
I don't see why. You can't have two different values for x in this problem.

This is a simple addition problem.

The carpenter uses 3 3/16 pounds of nails.

He has 1 1/16 pounds left.

To find how many pounds he had at the beginning, add the two.

A similar problem would be if you spent $20 and had $5 left. How much money did you start with? Obviously you started with $25.

## Answer This Question

## Related Questions

- Math - A pound of nails cost 13$ . Joe buys 2.4 pounds . How much does Joe spend...
- math - david gained 14 pounds over the winter. he went on a diet and lost 26 ...
- math - Tim works at a hardware store has 8 1/2 pounds of nails to be sorted into...
- algbrea - david gained 17 pounds over the winter. he went on a diet and lost 27 ...
- Math - Danny ordered 124 pounds of vegetables for this week's menu.On Monday 18 ...
- math - How many pounds of nails will be needed to fill 100 boxes with 8oz. of ...
- science - An astronaut who weighed 170 pounds on Earth found that his weight on ...
- math - A certain alloy contains 5.25% copper. How much copper is there in a ...
- Physics - Calculate the average force per nail when Sarah (following figure), ...
- physics - Calculate the average force per nail when Sarah (following figure), ...

More Related Questions