Homework Help: Hardest level SAT math problem

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1. Oct 29, 2007

shotgunbob

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A small company has some free movie tickets to distribute to its employees. If each employee gets 5 tickets, there will be 15 left over. If 5 employees will receive 7 tickets, and none will be left over. How many tickets does the company have?

2. Relevant equations
Algebra/logic and reasoning

3. The attempt at a solution

I got 5x+15=5x-25

2. Oct 29, 2007

Pellefant

Your formulation of the problem confuse me ...

2 unknowns 2 equations

x=number of employees
b= total number of tickets

x*5=b-15

But the next line i do not understand ...
If 5 employees will receive 7 tickets, and none will be left over.

3. Oct 29, 2007

shotgunbob

whoops! Sorry! it should be:

If 5 employees decide not to take any tickets, all the other employees will receive 7 tickets, and none will be left over.

4. Oct 29, 2007

Pellefant

Based on that i get the second equation as ...

(x-5)*7=b

5. Dec 26, 2008

HallsofIvy

Yes, and he didn't because this is a homework and coursework question and he knew he shouldn't!

6. Jan 3, 2009

Redbelly98

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stopchair, it sounds like you're not familiar with the rules at our forum:

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7. Jan 3, 2009

Gregg

let employees = e
let number of tickets = t

you might have something like

1. t - 5e = 15
2. t - 7(e-5) = 0

The question asks how many tickets they have, you need to somehow eliminate the unknown.

Work it out then

8. Jan 5, 2009

autrizzle

Well its really not that hard,

I would set the two equations for the total number of tickets(y) based on the total number of employees (x)

y= 5x+15
y=7(x-5)

Based on that, you can find number of employees and then proceed to ur solution (the number of tickets). gl with SAT. xD.