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    trick question?

    Is this a trick question? Trying to help daughter with pre-algebra homework and this question seems out of place.

    David is packing bundles of 3-inch by 5-inch cards, face up, into a square box. He
    places the cards side-by-side so that there is no wasted space. Find the smallest possible
    measure for the edge of the box.
    I'm thinking that bundle means a minium of 2 cards and that the answer is 10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by makingthegrade View Post
    Is this a trick question? Trying to help daughter with pre-algebra homework and this question seems out of place.

    I'm thinking that bundle means a minium of 2 cards and that the answer is 10.
    You are fitting 3 by 5 inch cards into a box and some cards are side by side... Hence, the dimensions of 2 piles side by side is 6 x 5. So you have a square box in which you can fit an object of dimension 6 x 5, then the box must be at least 6 x 6 x 6. Unless I'm misinterpreting. It does seem quite ambiguous.
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