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# M01#07

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Senior Manager
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Joined: 15 Sep 2010
Posts: 312

Kudos [?]: 602 [0], given: 193

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29 Apr 2011, 19:27
A ship is transporting several cats and a crew (sailors, a cook, and a one-legged captain) to a nearby port. If these passengers combined have 15 heads and 41 legs, then how many cats is the ship transporting?

We can make equation like

4C + 2S = 38 => 2C + S = 18 ------ (1)
&
C + S = 13 ------ (2)

subtracting 2 from 1

2C+S =18
-C - S = -13
------------
C = 5
But answer is 6. Can someone please guide me as where i'm making a mistake
Regards
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Kudos [?]: 602 [0], given: 193

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Status: Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. It's a dare. Impossible is nothing.
Affiliations: University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Joined: 03 Feb 2011
Posts: 871

Kudos [?]: 401 [1], given: 123

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29 Apr 2011, 21:43
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15 = cats + crew ------(1)
41 = 4 cats + (2crew - 1) This means cats have 4 legs. Each crew has 2 legs except the captain, so subtract 1
or
42 = 4cats + 2crew ------(2)

Multiply (1) by 2 =>
30 = 2cats + 2crew ------(3)
Subtracting (3) from (2) we get -
12 = 2 cats
cats =6

shrive555 wrote:
A ship is transporting several cats and a crew (sailors, a cook, and a one-legged captain) to a nearby port. If these passengers combined have 15 heads and 41 legs, then how many cats is the ship transporting?

We can make equation like

4C + 2S = 38 => 2C + S = 18 ------ (1)
&
C + S = 13 ------ (2)

subtracting 2 from 1

2C+S =18
-C - S = -13
------------
C = 5
But answer is 6. Can someone please guide me as where i'm making a mistake
Regards

Kudos [?]: 401 [1], given: 123

Senior Manager
Status: Do and Die!!
Joined: 15 Sep 2010
Posts: 312

Kudos [?]: 602 [0], given: 193

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03 May 2011, 08:18
Thanks Gmat1220

i made a stupid mistake :@
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Kudos [?]: 602 [0], given: 193

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Joined: 12 May 2010
Posts: 289

Kudos [?]: 78 [2], given: 12

Location: United Kingdom
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Technology
GMAT Date: 10-22-2011
GPA: 3
WE: Information Technology (Internet and New Media)

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25 Sep 2011, 03:40
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