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A company hired a printer to produce a total of x + 1 [#permalink]
21 Feb 2012, 01:45

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A company hired a printer to produce a total of x + 1 envelopes. The job consisted of two types of envelopes, 2¢ envelopes and 5¢ envelopes. If the company requested 3 more 2¢ envelopes than 5¢ envelopes, which of the following expressions denotes the cost, in cents, of the total x + 1 envelopes ?

A) 3x + 1

B) (7x - 2)/2

C) 11x + 31

D) (7x - 6)/2

E) (13x + 3)/2

Can anyone explain using picking numbers approach?

A company hired a printer to produce a total of x + 1 envelopes. The job consisted of two types of envelopes, 2¢ envelopes and 5¢ envelopes. If the company requested 3 more 2¢ envelopes than 5¢ envelopes, which of the following expressions denotes the cost, in cents, of the total x + 1 envelopes ?

A) 3x + 1

B) (7x - 2)/2

C) 11x + 31

D) (7x - 6)/2

E) (13x + 3)/2

Can anyone explain using picking numbers approach?

Let the # of 5¢ envelopes be 2, then # of 2¢ envelopes will be 5, total=2+5=7 envelopes: x+1=7 --> x=6. Cost: 5¢*2+2¢*5=20¢.

Now, plug x=6 in answer choices and see which one gives 20¢:

B. (7x - 2)/2=(7*6-2)/2=20¢. Correct.

Answer: B.

Note that for plug-in method it might happen that for some particular numbers more than one option may give "correct" answer. In this case just pick some other numbers and check again these "correct" options only. For example numbers 1 and 4 gives two "correct" choices A and B.

Re: A company hired a printer to produce a total of x + 1 [#permalink]
31 May 2013, 06:18

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Let the number of

2c envelopes = p 5c envelopes = q

Given

P = q + 3 P+q=x+1

=> 2q+3 = x+1

Q = x-2/2

Total cost = 2p + 5q substituting p = q+3 we get

= 7q +6 substituting for q

7x - 2/2 _________________

You've been walking the ocean's edge, holding up your robes to keep them dry. You must dive naked under, and deeper under, a thousand times deeper! - Rumi

Re: A company hired a printer to produce a total of x + 1 [#permalink]
31 May 2013, 06:19

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Smita04 wrote:

A company hired a printer to produce a total of x + 1 envelopes. The job consisted of two types of envelopes, 2¢ envelopes and 5¢ envelopes. If the company requested 3 more 2¢ envelopes than 5¢ envelopes, which of the following expressions denotes the cost, in cents, of the total x + 1 envelopes ?

A) 3x + 1

B) (7x - 2)/2

C) 11x + 31

D) (7x - 6)/2

E) (13x + 3)/2

Can anyone explain using picking numbers approach?

Assume that no of 5 cents envelopes = 0. Thus, the no of 2 cents envelopes = 3. Total cost = 6 cents. Also, the total no of envelopes,x+1 = 3--> x=2. Only B gives 6 cents for x=2. _________________

Re: A company hired a printer to produce a total of x + 1 [#permalink]
10 Jan 2014, 09:36

Smita04 wrote:

A company hired a printer to produce a total of x + 1 envelopes. The job consisted of two types of envelopes, 2¢ envelopes and 5¢ envelopes. If the company requested 3 more 2¢ envelopes than 5¢ envelopes, which of the following expressions denotes the cost, in cents, of the total x + 1 envelopes ?

A) 3x + 1

B) (7x - 2)/2

C) 11x + 31

D) (7x - 6)/2

E) (13x + 3)/2

Can anyone explain using picking numbers approach?

Yeah smart numbers works well here.

X+1 = 7 X= 6

So 2c envelopes will be 5 and 5c envelopes will be 2

So total cost will be 20

Then that is our target

Plug x =6 in answer choices

Only B works

Hope it helps Cheers! J

gmatclubot

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10 Jan 2014, 09:36