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Patricia Lore,, teaches grades 5 and 6 at Dovercourt Elementary School in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta, she has thirty years of teaching experience and a lifelong love of mathematics. Edited by Julie S. Long, an assistant professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Each month this section of the department features a new problem for students. Readers are encouraged to submit problems to the editor to be considered for future “problem solvers” columns. See detailed submission guidelines at

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