A football player caught the ball and made a gain of 8 yards on the first play. On the next play the team lost 12 yards. How many yards do t

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A football player caught the ball and made a gain of 8 yards on the first play. On the next play the team lost 12 yards. How many yards do they need to gain on the next play to get back to their original position?

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Ayla 1 week 2021-10-11T11:29:27+00:00 1 Answer 0

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    2021-10-11T11:30:35+00:00

    Answer:

    The team would need to gain four yards to get back to their original position, prior to the first and second play.

    Step-by-step explanation:

    First, identify what you know:

    1) A football player caught the ball and made a gain of 8 yards on the first play.

    2) On the second play the team lost 12 yards.

    The best way to describe this problem, would be to imagine a number line. If the team started at 0, and gained 8 yards, they would now be at 8 yards.

    0 + 8 = 8

    Now, on the second play they lose 12 yards, so subtract 12 from 8!

    8 – 12 = (-4)

    If they started at 0, what do we need to do add/subtract, to get back to 0?

    (-4) + x = 0

    (-4) + 4 = 0

    x = 4

    4 yards

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