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Can someone please help me with the following question :( :

Paul has twenty-five transit cards, each worth either$5, $3, or $1.50. What
is the total monetary value of all of Paul's transit cards?

Answer:
values of cards: 5x + 3y + 1.50(25 - x - y) = ?
Simplify ~ 3.5x + 1.5y + 37.5 = ?

From here I tried solving for x and y.. Here's what I did, please do correct me if I'm wrong (most probably am :P)

y = (-37,5 - 3,5x)/1,5

so, 3,5x + 1,5(-37,5 - 3,5x)/1,5 + 37,5 =
3,5x + -37,5 - 3,5x + 37,5 = x = 0

And then I got stuck :(
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Re: Paul has twenty-five transit cards, each worth either.. [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2011, 03:19
Hi

I think we need more information. This example is present there just to illustrate how to frame/imbibe maximum information from question even before reading the DS choices.

"All of the work so far has come just from the prompt of a Data Sufficiency question—you
have not even seen statements (1) and (2) yet! But this work is worth the time and energy.
In general, you should rephrase and interpret a Data Sufficiency question prompt as much
as you can before you begin to work with the statements."


Btw, I have not gone beyond this text to read any other information, so please feel free to dig further.

Others, please opine.

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Re: Paul has twenty-five transit cards, each worth either.. [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2011, 03:21
Hi, yeah so at first I thought that I can't solve it because I got 2 variables and 1 equation but then my friend (who is a math genius) said that it could be solved so I tried doing so and ended up being more confused.. :(
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Re: Paul has twenty-five transit cards, each worth either.. [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2011, 03:23
Oh yeah, let us wait to hear from Gurus as Walker, Ian, fluke etc.
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