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# At the bakery, Lew spent a total of 6 dollars for one kind

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27 Dec 2007, 07:57
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At the bakery, Lew spent a total of 6 dollars for one kind of cupcake and one kind of doughnut. How many doughnuts did he buy?

1. the price of 2 doughnuts was 0.10 dollars less than the price of 3 cupcakes

2. the average (arit.mean) price if 1 doughnut and 1 cupcake was 0.35 dollars

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27 Dec 2007, 08:48
from 1: 2d = 3c-.10
from 2: (d+c)/2 = .35 = d+c = .7

two variables and 2 equations.

d = 3/2c - .05

3/2c - .05 + c = .7
3c - .1 + 2c = 1.4
5c = 1.5
c = .3 which means d must be .4
d = .4

so now we have the prices for each doughnut and each cupcake, but that doesn't help us solve the problem.

.3c + .4d = 6
3c + 4d = 60

he could buy 5 cupcakes and 15 doughnuts or 8 cupcakes and 9 doughnuts. It's impossible to nail down exactly how many of each he bought.

EDIT: the only trick here is remembering what the question is asking for. It would be easy to look at the information and say "yeah, you can find the price of a doughnut from this. It must be C"

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27 Dec 2007, 12:43
yeah, even with the two statements, you cant find out how many cupcakes or doughnuts were purchased .... you can find the price per, but not the actual amount of the items that was purchased.

gotta go with E

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27 Dec 2007, 12:43
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