Math (for Damon)

Nathan and Steven stacked boxes on a shelf. Nathan lifted 13 boxes and Steven lifted 15 boxes. The boxes that Nathan lifted each weighed 12 lb more than the boxes Steven lifted.
Which expression represents the total number of pounds Nathan lifted?
Let s represent the weight of the boxes that Steven lifted.

13(s +12)**
s + 12
15(s + 12)
12(s + 13)

asked by Anonymous
  1. weight of single Steven box (English unclear) = s
    so weight of a Nathan box = s+12
    so weight lifted by Nathan = 13(s+12)
    agree

    but sentence could mean
    total weight of boxes lifted by Steven = s
    then each steven box weighs s/15

    then a nathan box weighs (s/15) + 12
    and total Nathan pounds =
    13 [ (s/15) + 12 ]
    = 13 s/15 + 156
    since that is not a choice, go with your answer.

    posted by Damon
  2. Thank you! :)

    posted by Anonymous
  3. You are welcome :)

    posted by Damon

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