Posted by **Kristin "Ms Sue"** on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 10:00pm.

Patsy has cheerleading practice on every fourth school day. She wants to be in the school play, but they have practice on every sixth school day. If both started on September 5th, what would be the first date that she has to choose between cheerleading and play practice?

I have no idea what to do or where to start? I have no help but you guys. Please help?

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**Anonymous**, Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 10:09pm
Start with finding the lowest common multiple

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**Tia**, Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 10:24pm
Which would be 2 ? then what ?

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**Steve**, Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:20pm
what's the smallest number divisible by both 4 and 6?

12

But that does not solve the problem. What is the date 12 school days after Sept.5?

12 school days is 2 weeks + 2 days. So, if 9/5 is M-W, you will only have two weekends to count. If it's Thu or Fri, you have a 3rd weekend to include.

And what about Labor Day?

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**Steve**, Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:21pm
Now, if you had said "earliest possible" date, then we'd have 9/21.

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**Kristin & Tia**, Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:27pm
Thank you we understand, but I agree with all the what ifs.This was the most frustriting math problem.

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