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?

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

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

Math  Ms. Sue, Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 9:28pm
Yes.
The seagull is 5.5 feet beneath the surface.

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

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