Help!! Anyone good at algebra??

EmeraldDolphin

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We're stuck on an Algebra problem:

If Captain Hardtack is 3 miles or more away from shore, he is in International waters, otherwise he will be in Spanish water. Is he in safe territory?

>>> How do I show my answer using algebra???

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Disney2002

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Originally posted by EmeraldDolphin
We're stuck on an Algebra problem:

If Captain Hardtack is 3 miles or more away from shore, he is in International waters, otherwise he will be in Spanish water. Is he in safe territory?

>>> How do I show my answer using algebra???

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!
You're missing information. You've not said what his location is relative to anything; therefore it cannot be solved without making something up yourself. Are you missing something? Is there some picture you're not seeing?
 

DisneyPhD

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Let x = distance from shore.

Use the equation y = 3 - x

If y < or = 0 then she is in international water
If y> 0 then she is in spanish water.

Either way I think she's lost. Don't the spanish measure in km?
 

NashvilleMouse

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Originally posted by EmeraldDolphin
We're stuck on an Algebra problem:

If Captain Hardtack is 3 miles or more away from shore, he is in International waters, otherwise he will be in Spanish water. Is he in safe territory?

>>> How do I show my answer using algebra???

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!
It's a trick question! Hardtack isn't a Captain. He's an Admiral.
 

garyhoov

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Originally posted by DisneyPhD
Let x = distance from shore.

Use the equation y = 3 - x

If y < or = 0 then she is in international water
If y> 0 then she is in spanish water.

Either way I think she's lost. Don't the spanish measure in km?
Or, more simply, if x >/= 3 he is in international water
If x < 3 he is in Spanish water

(Damn PHD's make everything more complicated);) :lol:
 

DisneyJill

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AHHHH! High school algebra nightmare flashbacks!!! :brick:

*Runs like hell from algebra thread* :lookaroun
 

DisneyPhD

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Originally posted by garyhoov
Or, more simply, if x >/= 3 he is in international water
If x < 3 he is in Spanish water

(Damn PHD's make everything more complicated);) :lol:
I'm a chemist not a mathematician, I'm supposed to make everything more complicated (or at least that's what my students say). I always show them the more complex way first then let them try to figure out the easy way. :hammer: :animwink:
 

Shaman

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Originally posted by DisneyPhD
I'm a chemist not a mathematician, I'm supposed to make everything more complicated (or at least that's what my students say). I always show them the more complex way first then let them try to figure out the easy way. :hammer: :animwink:
Nice tactic...:D
 

maelstrom

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Can it be solved using linear algebra? I can do that! :lol: Oh, the joys of taking high school math in college.
 
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