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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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  1. 74.5 - 80 = x

  2. Thank you! I got -5.5, is this correct?

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  3. Yes.

    The seagull is 5.5 feet beneath the surface.

  4. How do I get positive 5.5 because I have -5.5?

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  5. -5.5 is 5.5 below the surface.

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