frank the tank

4 items add to $14.26 and multiply to$63.42. Have fun

I need this solved and have finally been stumped, how is this equation solved?

post here or email me please frank_medewar@hotmail.com

thank you all

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frank the tank

please I urgently need to know how I can solve this...

or at least a resource that can help me out

thakn you all kindly

Tom Mattson

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Originally posted by frank the tank
4 items add to $14.26 and multiply to$63.42. Have fun

I need this solved and have finally been stumped, how is this equation solved?

post here or email me please frank_medewar@hotmail.com

thank you all
Frank,

Chill out. This is not an instant Homework Help service. That said, you have to try the problem and show some work before we offer any assistance. Please see this thread for guidelines.

So, show us what you have and we will show you where you are going wrong.

frank the tank

thanks TOM!! much help, im not in school however

I just love math..mainly TRIG and graphs n such--i saw the problem ,and I cannot figure it out forteh life of m, i dont even know where to start.

but would love to know how to solve this type of equation....

revesz

I think that this can be solved by using linear equations but it is really complicated.

PrudensOptimus

Originally posted by frank the tank
4 items add to $14.26 and multiply to$63.42. Have fun

I need this solved and have finally been stumped, how is this equation solved?

post here or email me please frank_medewar@hotmail.com

thank you all

is this a joke?

ahrkron

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frank,

What have you tried? you surely tried a couple things before lookig for internet help.

Have you tried setting up a couple equations? where do things get hard?

one_raven

It seems it is too complex for the MS Aceess solver tool.

mani

4 items add to $14.26 and multiply to$63.42. Have fun

Something wrong here.
If every item is a price in $, their product will be in$^4.

So the items better be pure numbers, positive numbers.

Trial and error! what else?
3,7, 101,2 are prime factors. Multiplying each of these by an integral power of 10 will yield an infinite set of factors.
Keep trying! Best of luck!

faust9

Restate the problem as the sum of four numbers {A,B,C,D} is 1426 and the product of four numbers {A,B,C,D} is 6342 where {A,B,C,D} are integers. Working with integers is easier. Next develope a few conclusions: 1<= {A,B,C,D} <= 1423 because if A=1, B=1, c=1 then D=1423 (this doesn't work for the product portion but it establishes boudries).

Once you have some boundries, decompose 6342 into a product of primes {2*3*7*151}. From there you can find all factors of the product and trial and error the answer.

A system of lineral equations would not be easy because you only have two equations and four variables (unless you're clever enough to think of two additional equations)...

Integral

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This is not really a math problem. Linear Algebra will not get you an anwer. YOu have 4 unknowns and 2 equations, to solve this using tools like Excel solver you will need 2 more constraints.

This shortage of infromation makes it a logic puzzle to be worked out by trial and error.

As you say, have fun.

HallsofIvy

Homework Helper
Why is this "not really a math problem"?

It doesn't have a unique correct answer but many math problems don't.

There are 4 unknowns with only 2 equations but, since the problem was stated in terms of money, if we convert to cents, as Faust9 did, so that a+ b+ c+ d= 1426 and abcd= 6341, we can assert that the unknowns have to be positive integers so this is a (non-linear) Diophantine problem.

I don't claim it's easy but it doable (and certainly is a mathematics problem).

arcnets

If we do this in cents, then
a+b+c+d = 1426, and
abcd=1004*63.42= 6342000000.
Now, 6342000000 = 27*3*56*7*151.

You got to group these prime factors in 4 products so that their sum is 1426. It's a trial & error problem.

arcnets

Example.
2*2*2*2*5*5 = 400
2*2*2*5*5 = 200
5*5*7 = 175
151*3 = 453
-----------------
SUM 1228

That's too small. So, in the next try, we make the highest price bigger, to get a bigger result. And so on...

arcnets

Originally posted by arcnets
Example.
2*2*2*2*5*5=400
2*2*2*5*5__=200
5*5*7______=175
151*3______=453
---------------
SUM________1228

That's too small. So, in the next try, we make the highest price bigger, to get a bigger result. And so on...
Edit: _ means blank

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