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    Word problem help

    I need help in going about solving this problem. I am not sure how I am
    suppose to set up the problem to arrive at an answer.

    The word problem is: Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii has an elevation of 4169 feet. This peak is 32,024 feet above the ocean floor near Hawaii. How deep is the ocean floor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ash View Post
    I need help in going about solving this problem. I am not sure how I am
    suppose to set up the problem to arrive at an answer.

    The word problem is: Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii has an elevation of 4169 feet. This peak is 32,024 feet above the ocean floor near Hawaii. How deep is the ocean floor?
    Let HO be the Height above Ocean floor of the peak
    and DO be the depth of Ocean
    and HS be the height above sea level of the peak

    then

    HO=DO+HS,

    so:

    DO=HO-HS=32024 - 4169 = 27855 ft.

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