A turtle is at the bottom of a 12 foot well. Each day it crawls up 3 feet, but each night it slips back 2 feet. After how many days will the turtle reach the top of the well?

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  1. During each 24-hour period it goes up 1 foot.

    Day 1 = 11 feet to go
    2 = 10
    3 = 9
    4 = 8
    5 = 7
    6 = 6
    7 = 5
    8 = 4
    9 = 3

    It climbs out on day 10.

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