## An airplane descends 3.5 miles to an elevation of 5.25 miles. Find the elevation of the plane before its descent. Before its des

Question

An airplane descends 3.5 miles to an elevation of 5.25 miles. Find the elevation of the plane before its
descent.
Before its descent, the plane was at an elevation of
miles.

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5 months 2021-08-15T00:38:57+00:00 1 Answers 5 views 0

1. Answer: The initial elevation of the plane was 8.75 miles.

Step-by-step explanation:

Suppose that the initial elevation of the plane is E.

Then the plane descends 3.5 miles.

Then the new elevation of the plane will be:

E – 3.5 miles.

Now, we know that the new elevation of the plane is 5.25 miles, then:

E – 3.5 miles = 5.25 miles.

Now we need to solve this for E.

To solve this, we can add the same number to both sides of the equation, so we can add 3.5 miles to both sides to get:

(E – 3.5 miles) + 3.5 miles = 5.25 miles + 3.5 miles

E + (3.5 miles – 3.5 miles) = 5.25 miles + 3.5 miles

E = 8.75 miles.

The initial elevation of the plane was 8.75 miles.