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From: Loyd <loydlin@aol.com>
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2004120810:10:23
Subject: Re: word problem

On 2004120717:59:45, chris wrote:
>	
>a farmer grows 252 kilograms of apples. He sells them to a grocer who
>divides them into 5 kilo and 2 kilo bags.If the grocer uses the same
>number of 5 kilo and 2 kilo bags then how many did he use in all?    

>the only answer i can come up with is 36. please help.
>


Let x= number of 5 kilo bags
Let y=numger of 2 Kilo bags
x=y
5x+2y=252

5x+2x=252
7x=252
x=36
y=36
Check:
5x36=180
2x36=72
           
The total is 252.  Your answer is correct.

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