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Mangoes and Oranges

Date: 8/21/96 at 5:2:20
From: Anonymous
Subject: Mangoes and Oranges

Miss Tay paid $14 for 5 mangoes and 8 oranges.  If each mango costs 
$1.50 more than each orange, what is the cost of each mango?

Date: 8/21/96 at 15:15:46
From: Doctor Robert
Subject: Re: Mangoes and Oranges

Let x be the price of an orange.  Then x + 1.50 is the price of each
mango.  The equation is then

   8x + 5(x + 1.50) = 14.00
         13x + 7.50 = 14.00
                13x = 6.50
                  x = .50

Therefore each orange cost 50 cents and each mango costs 
.50 + 1.50 = $2.00

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