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#1 2007-03-19 10:10:31

Mary kay <3s math
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Registered: 2007-03-13
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i am very confused

okay i hav an algrbra 1 question. i hav tryed to solve it but i dont know wut i did rong

question: julie has 19 nickels and quarters with a value of $3.15. how many nickels does she have?

when i solved it i keep comeing up with a decimal. and i dont think i am suppose to round because you cant hav a decimal of a nickel so yah

ohh and if u want me 2 show my work so u can help i will i just didnt no if i was allowed to or not
dunno

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#2 2007-03-19 10:32:03

Mary kay <3s math
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Re: i am very confused

i just got it thx anyway

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#3 2007-03-19 11:49:59

mathsyperson
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Re: i am very confused

Welcome to the forum, Mary Kay. smile

Don't worry, I figure out problems just after I ask for help in them as well. It's really annoying. Still, well done for figuring it out on your own. I might as well tell you what I got so you can check your answer and this topic will have some use. roll
Julie should have 11 quarters and 8 nickels.

Although you could just make two simultaneous equations for this question, I find it easier to assume that she has all nickels and then work out how many she would have to exchange for quarters to get the right amount.

So, 19 nickels would give her $0.95, which is $2.20 short of her target. Exhanging a nickel for a quarter adds $0.20 to her amount, which means that she needs to do that 11 times. Therefore, she has 11 quarters and then the number of nickels left is easy to work out.


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