How I'm unlearning high school: if x equals y then can we have cake?
Alex von Ellensworth

As the occasional writer of word problems, thanks for the insights on how your brain works. I’ll try to keep them in mind when writing problems in the future. By the way, do you consider the process you used to solve this problem arithmetic or algebraic? This goes back to your earlier discussion with Jay about applying algebra without recognizing it.

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