It seems to me d is the only scenerio that doesn't make sense, cause it would mean john would have to pick -1 apples in the afternoon. You said the answer is supposed to be e. Is that the answer the book gave?

]]>Using 'c' and 'd':

c)Mark picked up 12 apples in the morning.

d)John picked up 24 more apples than Mark in the morning.

John picked up 2/3 more apples than Mark:

J=2/3M+M

J=5/3M

J= (2/3)(12)+12

J=20, but since John picked up 24 more apples than Mark the answer should be 36, right?, So 'e' would be false, but also 'a' and 'b'.

I took this problem from a practice test, so I might just don't worry about it and solve the other problems

Thanks a lot for your help, I really appreciate it.:)

]]>If John picked 39;

39 = 5Mark/3

Mark = 23.4 (again we run into the fraction fruit thing)

Maybe, contrary to how it reads, there are more than one wrong answer. Again, I smell a typing error somewhere.

]]>d)John picked up 24 more apples than Mark in the morning.

This means J = M + 24

We also know J = 5/3 M

Solving this system of equations gives us J = 60. John could not have picked 60 apples in the morning and ended up with 59 apples at the end of the day. Unless picking apples in the afternoon implies sitting under the tree and eating an apple. (boink) EUREKA!

]]>As far as I can tell, I don't see whats wrong with condition e. If john picked 39 apples in the morning, then mark picked 23.4 in the morning, so he'd have to pick 21.6 apples in the afternoon. As far as I know there is no law against picking 0.4 of an apple in the morning, and the other 0.6 in the afternoon. "sorry man! darn union says I can't pick more then 23.4 apples without taking a break!"

Anyways, if john picked 39 apples in the morning, then he picked 20 in the afternoon. Mark picked 23.4 in the morning, and 21.6 in the afternoon. This complies with every stipulation the problem made and every condition is met. So I don't see why it can't be true.

]]>I really don't think that this problem is solvable with just the information in the post.

]]>Try inserting the possible scenario's into the equations and see what happens.

But wait, are we assuming that they picked apples at a consant rate?

]]>John and Mark went to pick up some apples on the morning. John picked up 2/3 more apples than Mark. They went back on the afternoon and at the end of the day John had 59 apples, and Mark had 14 apples less than John. ¿Which one of the following is not true?

a)In the afternoon Mark picked up 23 apples.

b)John and Mark picked up the same amount of apples during the afternoon.

c)Mark picked up 12 apples in the morning.

d)John picked up 24 more apples than Mark in the morning.

e)John picked up 39 apples in the morning.

I would appreciate it if you could help me,

Thanks,

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