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Mary bought a number of pencils. If each pencil was either a 24-cent pencil or a 30-cent pencil, how many 24-cent pencils did Mary buy?

1) The total price of the pencils Mary bought was 102 cents
2) Mary bought a total of 4 pencils

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Excellent Question.
This is a classic GMAT-trap.
Topic under disguise => INTEGER CONSTRAINT.


Here is what i did for this one==>

Let the number of 24 cent pencils be x and 30 cent pencils be y
Firstly,x,y must be both integers.

Total expense => 24x+30y

We need the value of x

Statement 1=>
24x+30y=102

Hmm.

x=\(\frac{(102-30y)}{24}\)

Its time to do the drill.
PLUG IN.
Only one value satisfies => at y=1 and x=3
Hence sufficient.

Statement 2=>
x+y=4
We cannot get x
x can be 1,2,3,4

Hence not sufficient.


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