A Paint Story and Some Elementary Algebra

Lawrence A. Ringenberg


One day FP (fast painter) applied to HB (high-way builder) for work. HB hired FP to paint a stripe down the middle of a highway. During the first day of work FP painted 15 miles of stripe, during the second day 10 miles, and during the third day 5 miles. HB asked why his productivity had fallen off so drastically. FP explained that it was because he had to spend so much more time going to and from the paint bucket.


Mathematics Problem; Algebra

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