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What is the greatest number of identical bouquets that can be made out of 21 white and 91 red tulips if no flowers are to be left out? (Two bouquets are identical whenever the number of red tulips in the two bouquets is equal and the number of white tulips in the two bouquets is equal.)

What is the greatest number of identical bouquets that can be made out of 21 white and 91 red tulips if no flowers are to be left out? (Two bouquets are identical whenever the number of red tulips in the two bouquets is equal and the number of white tulips in the two bouquets is equal.)

A. 3 B. 4 C. 5 D. 6 E. 7

Please show me how to solve.

Since no flowers are to be left out, then the number of bouquets must be a factor of both 21 and 91. For example, we cannot have 2 bouquets since we cannot divide 91 red tulips into 2 bouquets without one tulip left over.

Only answer choice which is a factor of 91 is E (7).

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Look for the factors of 21 and 91:

white = 21 = 3 x 7 red = 91 = 13 x 7

The common factor is 7, thus the greatest number of identical bouquets is 7.

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_______Identical Bouquets (7 bouquets)______________ \(\;\;\;\;\;\;\)White \(\;\;\;\;\) Red \(\;\;\;\;\)3 tulips\(\;\;\;\;\) 13 tulips = 3 white and 13 red tulips \(\;\;\;\;\)3 tulips\(\;\;\;\;\) 13 tulips = 3 white and 13 red tulips \(\;\;\;\;\)3 tulips\(\;\;\;\;\) 13 tulips = 3 white and 13 red tulips \(\;\;\;\;\)3 tulips\(\;\;\;\;\) 13 tulips = 3 white and 13 red tulips \(\;\;\;\;\)3 tulips\(\;\;\;\;\) 13 tulips = 3 white and 13 red tulips \(\;\;\;\;\)3 tulips\(\;\;\;\;\) 13 tulips = 3 white and 13 red tulips \(\;\;\;\;\)3 tulips\(\;\;\;\;\) 13 tulips = 3 white and 13 red tulips

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"What is the greatest number of identical bouquets that can be made out of 21 white and 91 red tulips if no flowers are to be left out? (Two bouquets are identical whenever the number of red tulips in the two bouquets is equal and the number of white tulips in the two bouquets is equal.)"

What's to stop you from creating 21 bouquets, each containing 1 white tulip and 1 red tulip, and 1 bouquet containing 70 red tulips? In that scenario, you have 21 identical bouquets.

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"What is the greatest number of identical bouquets that can be made out of 21 white and 91 red tulips if no flowers are to be left out? (Two bouquets are identical whenever the number of red tulips in the two bouquets is equal and the number of white tulips in the two bouquets is equal.)"

What's to stop you from creating 21 bouquets, each containing 1 white tulip and 1 red tulip, and 1 bouquet containing 70 red tulips? In that scenario, you have 21 identical bouquets. Basically, my question is this: Is the question stem necessarily read to require that each bouquet made be identical?

Hi mh72,

In your 'scenario', you've left out 70 red tulips from the 21 bouquets that you made - but the prompt says that NO flowers are to be left out. Thus, your solution does not match the specific restrictions that the prompt gave you to work with.

This question is essentially about prime-factorization, but you can actually avoid some of the work if you're comfortable with basic division.

We're told to make IDENTICAL bouquets using 21 white and 91 red tulips AND we're told that NO flowers are to be left out.

With 21 white tulips, there are only three ways to form identical bouquets:

21 bouquets with 1 white flower each 7 bouquets with 3 white flowers each 3 bouquets with 7 white flowers each

With 91 red tulips, we just have to see which of those options divides into 91...

21 does NOT divide evenly into 91 7 DOES divide evenly (13 times) 3 does NOT divide evenly into 91

We're asked to find the GREATEST number of possible bouquets that can be formed, but since we're making multiple bouquets, there's only one answer that fits.

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What is the greatest number of identical bouquets that can be made out of 21 white and 91 red tulips if no flowers are to be left out? (Two bouquets are identical whenever the number of red tulips in the two bouquets is equal and the number of white tulips in the two bouquets is equal.)

A. 3 B. 4 C. 5 D. 6 E. 7

Please show me how to solve.

This is a case of a question u don't understand but ended up getting it right. only 7 is a factor of 21 and 91

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04 Jan 2017, 02:04

Here's my take.

Divide 91 red tulips by 21 white ones. We get quotient of 4 and a remainder of 6 (these 6 are the white tulips) and 4 is the no. of identical bouquets. Now put the 6 white ones in each of the 2 bouquets (one white in first and one in second and so on). Thus we get 4+3 = 7
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