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Snail Problem

Dr. John Lamb, Project Director        Mrs. Cindy Sherman, Co-Director        Dr. Nathan Smith, Co-Director



The University of Texas at Tyler East Texas Stem Center

Snail Problem

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A Crawling Snail
(from Mark Driscoll's Fostering Algebraic Thinking)
A snail crawling up a pole 5 feet in length went up 4 feet each day and slid back 3 feet each night. How long
would the snail take to go to the top? What if the pole were 7 feet in length? 28 feet? m feet?


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