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### Cost of Pencils

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Date: 6/26/96 at 3:30:9
From: Susan Goh
Subject: Algebra

Dear Dr. Math,

Drawing pencils cost 8 cents each and coloured pencils cost 11 cents
each.  Two dozen assorted pencils cost \$2.16. How many coloured
pencils are there?

Jean
Singapore
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Date: 6/26/96 at 6:9:33
From: Doctor Anthony
Subject: Re: Algebra

Let x = number of 8 cents pencils, then
24-x = number of 11 cents pencils

Now we can write down an equation for total cost.

8x + 11(24-x) = 216
8x + 264 - 11x = 216
48 = 3x

and so x = 16.   Number of drawing pencils = 16.
Number of coloured pencils = 8.

Check: 8*16 + 11*8 = 216

-Doctor Anthony,  The Math Forum
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