Video: Solving Word Problems Involving Multiplicative Comparison

William can throw a ball 56 m. This is 7 times farther than his son can throw the ball. How far can his son throw the ball?

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William can throw a ball 56 meters. This is seven times farther than his son can throw the ball. How far can his son throw the ball?

Let’s walk through the question and highlight what we know. William can throw the ball 56 meters. And this 56 meters is equal to seven times. We can add seven times, times what? Times how far his son can throw. Now, we have a statement that says 56 meters is equal to seven times some unknown value of how far the son throws.

What times seven equals 56? Eight. Eight times seven equals 56. And this tells us that the son can throw the ball eight meters.

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