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Anthony and Matthew were both playing a video game. At the beginning of the day, Anthony was at level 36 and Matthew was at level 26. During the day, Anthony moved up 16 levels. Find the equation that shows the level Anthony reached. [A] 36 + 16 = 52 [B] 36 + 16 = 51 [C] 26 + 12 = 38 [D] 36 − 16 = 52 [E] 36 + 26 = 62

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Anthony and Matthew are both playing a video game. At the beginning of the day, Anthony was at level 36 and Matthew was at level 26. During the day, Anthony moved up 16 levels. Find the equation that shows the level Anthony reached. Is it 36 add 16 equals 52, 36 add 16 equals 51, 26 add 12 equals 38, 36 take away 16 equals 52, or 36 add 26 equals 62?

The question is asking us to find the level Anthony reached. The question tells us, at the start of the day, Anthony was at level 36. So our equation begins with 36. So we can rule this equation out because it begins with 26.

During the day, Anthony moved up 16 levels. If he moved up, that means his number increased. And we know he moved up 16 levels. Now let’s calculate 36 add six. Six plus six is 12. 30 plus 10 is 40. 40 and 12 makes 52. The equation that shows the level Anthony reached is 36 plus 16 equals 52.

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