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Homer the Hungry Hippo is munching on the lily pads in his pond. When he got to the pond, there were 30 lily pads, but he is eating 5 lily pads an hour. Henrietta the Hungrier Hippo found a better pond with 38 lily pads! She eats 7 lily pads every hour. Homework Help ✎

Homer the Hungry Hippo

  1. If Homer and Henrietta start eating at the same time, when will their ponds have the same number of lily pads remaining?

    Write an expression to represent the number of lily pads in Homer's pond. Write another expression for Henrietta's pond.

    Set the expressions equal to each other and solve for (hours).

    Subtract from both sides.

    Add to both sides.

    Divide both sides by .



  2. How many lily pads will be left in each pond at that time?

    Use the expressions you wrote in part (a).

    Substitute the answer for h into the expressions.


    Repeat the process.

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