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A certain fruit stand sold apples for $0.70 each and bananas for $0.50 each. If a customer purchased both apples and bananas from the stand for a total of $6.30, what total number of apples and bananas did the customer purchase ?

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A certain fruit stand sold apples for $0.70 each and bananas for $0.50 each. If a customer purchased both apples and bananas from the stand for a total of $6.30, what total number of apples and bananas did the customer purchase ?

A. 10
B. 11
C. 12
D. 13
E. 15


Given: \(0.7b+0.5a=6.3\) Question: \(a+b=?\)

\(0.7a+0.5b=6.3\) --> \(7a+5b=63\). After some trial and error you'll get that only two integer pairs of (a,b) satisfy this equation: (9,0) and (4,7) as we are told that "a customer purchased both apples and bananas" then the first pair is out and we'll have: \(a=4\) and \(b=7\) --> \(a+b=11\).

Answer: B.
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A certain fruit stand sold apples for $0.70 each and bananas for $0.50 each. If a customer purchased both apples and bananas from the stand for a total of $6.30, what total number of apples and bananas did the customer purchase ?

A. 10
B. 11
C. 12
D. 13
E. 15


Without calculating anything in paper you could approach this problem.

Know -- Some multiple of 7 + Some multiple of 5 should yield 63. To get to a some multiple of 5, we should ensure that a 3 or 8 (5+3) should be a multiple of 7.

63 is a direct multiple of 7, however in this case there won't be any bananas. Hence the next option is to look for a multiple of 7 that has 8 as the unit digit. 28 satisfies this hence no. of apples is 4 and no of bananas is 7 -- Answer 11 (B). -- 35 seconds straight.
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A certain fruit stand sold apples for $0.70 each and bananas for $0.50 each. If a customer purchased both apples and bananas from the stand for a total of $6.30, what total number of apples and bananas did the customer purchase ?

A. 10
B. 11
C. 12
D. 13
E. 15


Given: \(0.7b+0.5a=6.3\) Question: \(a+b=?\)

\(0.7a+0.5b=6.3\) --> \(7a+5b=63\). After some trial and error you'll get that only two integer pairs of (a,b) satisfy this equation: (9,0) and (4,7) as we are told that "a customer purchased both apples and bananas" then the first pair is out and we'll have: \(a=4\) and \(b=7\) --> \(a+b=11\).

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thank you, but can you explain me how this (9,0) and (4,7) to be solve...

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A certain fruit stand sold apples for $0.70 each and bananas for $0.50 each. If a customer purchased both apples and bananas from the stand for a total of $6.30, what total number of apples and bananas did the customer purchase ?

A. 10
B. 11
C. 12
D. 13
E. 15


Given: \(0.7a+0.5b=6.3\) Question: \(a+b=?\)

\(0.7a+0.5b=6.3\) --> \(7a+5b=63\). After some trial and error you'll get that only two integer pairs of (a,b) satisfy this equation: (9,0) and (4,7) as we are told that "a customer purchased both apples and bananas" then the first pair is out and we'll have: \(a=4\) and \(b=7\) --> \(a+b=11\).

Answer: B.


thank you, but can you explain me how this (9,0) and (4,7) to be solve...


Trial and error would be good for it, but here is another way:

\(7a+5b=63\) --> \(5b=63-7a\) --> \(5b=7(9-a)\) --> \(5b\) must be multiple of 7 --> \(b\) must be multiple of 7 --> \(b\) can not be 0 (as "a customer purchased both apples and bananas") or >14 (as \(5b\) in this case would be more than $6.30), so \(b=7\) --> \(a=4\).

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A certain fruit stand sold apples for $0.70 each and bananas for $0.50 each. If a customer purchased both apples and bananas from the stand for a total of $6.30, what total number of apples and bananas did the customer purchase ?

A. 10
B. 11
C. 12
D. 13
E. 15


Without calculating anything in paper you could approach this problem.

Know -- Some multiple of 7 + Some multiple of 5 should yield 63. To get to a some multiple of 5, we should ensure that a 3 or 8 (5+3) should be a multiple of 7.

63 is a direct multiple of 7, however in this case there won't be any bananas. Hence the next option is to look for a multiple of 7 that has 8 as the unit digit. 28 satisfies this hence no. of apples is 4 and no of bananas is 7 -- Answer 11 (B). -- 35 seconds straight.


i get some multipule of 5 and 7 make 63... but why the multiple of 7 with a 3 or 8?

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A certain fruit stand sold apples for $0.70 each and bananas for $0.50 each. If a customer purchased both apples and bananas from the stand for a total of $6.30, what total number of apples and bananas did the customer purchase ?

A. 10
B. 11
C. 12
D. 13
E. 15


Without calculating anything in paper you could approach this problem.

Know -- Some multiple of 7 + Some multiple of 5 should yield 63. To get to a some multiple of 5, we should ensure that a 3 or 8 (5+3) should be a multiple of 7.

63 is a direct multiple of 7, however in this case there won't be any bananas. Hence the next option is to look for a multiple of 7 that has 8 as the unit digit. 28 satisfies this hence no. of apples is 4 and no of bananas is 7 -- Answer 11 (B). -- 35 seconds straight.


i get some multipule of 5 and 7 make 63... but why the multiple of 7 with a 3 or 8?


ezhilkumarank means that as multiple of 5 ends with 5 or 0 then multiple of 7 must end with 8 or 3 in order their sum to end with 3 (63). There is another approach in my previous post.

Hope it's clear.
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A certain fruit stand sold apples for $0.70 each and bananas for $0.50 each. If a customer
purchased both apples and bananas from the stand for a total of $6.30, what total number
of apples and bananas did the customer purchase?
A. 10
B. 11
C. 12
D. 13
E. 14

Is there a faster way to do these problems other than brute force ?


The first solution will invariably involve some brute force. But (9, 0) is easy to get since 63 is a multiple of 7.
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Maybe it could be of any help to realise that

0.7y + 0.5x = 6.3 is a straight line, we want the 'y' on the left side, rewriting gives:
7y + 5x = 63
y = 9 - (5/7)x

Almost instantly you should see that the right term (5/7) can only be an integer if X is either 7, 14, 28 and so forth.
Ruling out fourteen we only have 7 left which gives 9-5 = 4 +7 fruits.
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A certain fruit stand sold apples for $0.70 each and bananas for $0.50 each. If a customer purchased both apples and bananas from the stand for a total of $6.30, what total number of apples and bananas did the customer purchase ?

A. 10
B. 11
C. 12
D. 13
E. 15



He buys both, and the only combination of multiples of 5 and 7 that end in the single digit 3 is the single digits of the respective multiples ending in 8 and 5, which means 28 = 4*7 for bananas, and 7*5 = 35 for apples.. From here you can simply just add a decimal inbetween so that the restriction is upheld.

4 bananas and 7 apples gives us 11 fruits.

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I just started by thinking ok at least 5*7 and 7*5 is an easy approach to start with to find multiples. If you look at the answer choices that would be 12 fruits, so somewhere in the middle of your options. In total that would be 70 (or $7), so clearly "one seven less" is 63, so that's 4*7 + 7*5 = fruits 4+7=11.

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from the question we get the following equation :
0.7A+0.5B = 6.3
this can be written as : 7A+5B = 63
Now rather than randomly plugging in values , we can do the following :
5B = 63 - 7A ==> 5B = 7(9-A)

this tells us that B should be a multiple of 7. it cannot be 14 as then the value will be greater than 63. hence B = 7 and A = 4
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7x+5y=63

multiple of 5 gives numbers only ending 0 or 5, so multiple of 7 should end 3 or 8 respectively.
7*9=63 (eliminate - no option for 5)
7*8=56
7*7=49
7*6=42
7*5=35
7*4=28
7*3=21
7*2=14
7*1=7

it is 4+(63-28)/5=4+7=11

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A = Apples
B = Bananas

0.7A + 0.5B = 6.3
7A + 5B = 63
5B = 63 - 7A
5B = 7 (9 - A)

Therefore, B has to be = 7
And, 5 = (9 - A) i.e. A = 4

A + B = 7 + 4 = 11

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The algebraic explanations in this thread are valid but needlessly complicated. Plus, it is unlikely that you will be able to come up with a similar approach to such a problem on your own. There is a much simpler and more broadly applicable approach that doesn't require trial and error.

Because the numbers of apples and bananas have to be integers, the easiest thing to do here is start with the total of 6.3 and subtract off .7 until you arrive at a multiple of .5.

6.3 - .7 = 5.6
5.6 - .7 = 4.9
4.2 - .7 = 4.2
4.2 - .7 = 3.5

We are now at a multiple of .5, having subtracted off 4 apples. Because the bananas are 50 cents each, this gives us 7 bananas, for a total of 11 pieces of fruit.
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My approach:
A-->Apples:0.70
B-->Bananas: 0.50
so..
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1A+1B= 1.20
2A+2B= 2.40
3A+3B= 3.60
4A+4B= 4.80
5A+5B= 6.00 -> 5+5 =10 but still have 0,30 that were spent so it cant be (A), the next possible value is 11 according to the answers (B)
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0.7a + 0.5 b = 6.30$
Assume a = 5, b = 5
3.5 + 2.5 = 6.0$
more 0.3$
more 10
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