Question

It’s the start of a new football season and my favorite team, the WACO Hawks, is looking good! They won their first
game by beating Dublin Irish 28-27 on a last second play.
In the course of the game they piled up a lot of running yards, divided among four players:
• The bruising fullback, Vernon Variable, accounted for a chuck of those yards.
• The star halfback, Reggie Root, ran for 15 less than three times as many yards as Vernon did.
• The speedy wide-out, Larry Linear, only ran once but he picked up 11 more yards than Vernon’s total on that
play, a fancy reverse that went for a touchdown.
• The crafty quarterback, Quentin Quadratic, ran for a total of 18 yards on a variety of scrambles.
If the WACO Hawks ran for 229 yards, how many yards did each of the four players gain? Remember to define a
variable, write an equation, and explain your work (focusing on the why you did what you did)

1. Vernon Variable ran 43 yards, Reggie Root ran 114 yards, Larry Linear ran 54 yards, and Quentin ran 18 yards.

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We are told that the total number of yards the WACO Hawks ran is 229. Thus, we can say that: W = 229
Now, we know that Vernon Variable gained many yards. Thus, the amount of yards will be indicated by “V”
Now, Reggie Root ran for 15 less than three times as many yards as Vernon did. Thus, distance Reggie root ran is represented by;
R = 3V-15
Larry Linear picked up 11 more yards than Vernon’s total. Thus, total yards by Larry Linear is: L = V + 11
Quentin Quadratic ran a total of 18 yards. Thus; Q=18.
Now, all of the player’s totals add up make what the total team ran. Thus, the expression is;
V + 3V – 15 + V + 11 + 18 = 229
Simplifying this gives;
5V + 14 = 229
5V + 14 = 229
Subtract 14 from both sides to get;
5V = 215
Divide both sides by 5 to get;
V = 43
Thus, Vernon ran a total of 43 yards.
Total run by Reggie is:
R = 3(43) -15
R = 129 – 15
R = 114 yards.
Total run by Larry:
L = V + 11
L = 43 + 11
L = 54 yards.
Thus, we conclude that Vernon Variable ran 43 yards, Reggie Root ran 114 yards, Larry Linear ran 54 yards, and Quentin ran 18 yards.