Posted by **Arreonna R.** on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 8:28pm.

Please write an equation for the following problem: a seagull is gliding 74 1/2 feet above the surface of water. It then dives 80 feet to catch a fish. How many feet below the surface of the water does the seagull dive?

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**Ms. Sue**, Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 8:33pm
74.5 - 80 = x

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**Arreonna R.**, Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 9:22pm
Thank you! I got -5.5, is this correct?

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**Ms. Sue**, Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 9:28pm
Yes.

The seagull is 5.5 feet beneath the surface.

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**Arreonna R.**, Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 9:35pm
How do I get positive 5.5 because I have -5.5?

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**Ms. Sue**, Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 9:50pm
-5.5 is 5.5 below the surface.

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