Can You Solve The Shrinking Pool Math Problem?

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The magical shrinking pool math problem will remind you of high school. You're going to need some knowledge of fractions to solve this algebra word problem.

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Here's The Problem

A boy found a magical pool. Every time he jumps in the pool, the width shrinks by ⅓ and the length shrinks by ½. He jumps in the pool a total of three times. The final area of the pool is 4 square meters. The pool was originally 9 meters wide. What was the original length?

Here's The Answer

The original length of the magical pool is 12 meters. Did you solve it? Check out the video below for a slightly different take on this problem.

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The Shrinking Pool Problem

This video depicts the same problem as above, but instead of the pool shrinking by 1/3 and 1/2 each time, it shrinks to 1/3 and 1/2 of the previous measure. Apply that language to the problem and you'll get the same answer as is stated in this video.

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