2018 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 8
Problem
Joe has a collection of 23 coins, consisting of 5-cent coins, 10-cent coins, and 25-cent coins. He has 3 more 10-cent coins than 5-cent coins, and the total value of his collection is 320 cents. How many more 25-cent coins does Joe have than 5-cent coins?
Solution 1
Let be the number of 5-cent coins that Joe has. Therefore, he must have 10-cent coins and 25-cent coins. Since the total value of his collection is 320 cents, we can write Joe has 6 5-cent coins, 9 10-cent coins, and 8 25-cent coins. Thus, our answer is
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Solution 2
Let n be the number of 5 cent coins Joe has, d be the number of 10 cent coins, and q the number of 25 cent coins. We are solving for q - n.
We know that the value of the coins add up to 320 cents. Thus, we have 5n + 10d + 25q = 320. Let this be (1).
We know that there are 23 coins. Thus, we have n + d + q = 23. Let this be (2).
We know that there are 3 more dimes than nickels, which also means that there are 3 less nickels than dimes. Thus, we have d - 3 = n.
Plugging d-3 into the other two equations for n, (1) becomes 2d + q - 3 = 23 and (2) becomes 15d + 25q - 15 = 320. (1) then becomes 2d + q = 26, and (2) then becomes 15d + 25q = 335.
Multiplying (1) by 25, we have 50d + 25q = 650 (or 25^2 + 25). Subtracting (2) from (1) gives us 35d = 315, which means d = 9.
Plugging d into d - 3 = n, n = 6.
Plugging d and q into the (2) we had at the beginning of this problem, q = 8.
Thus, the answer is 8 - 6 = .
Solution 3
So you set the number of 5-cent coins as x, the number of 10-cent coins as x+3, and the number of quarters y.
You make the two equations:
From there, you multiply the second equation by 25 to get
You subtract the first equation from the multiplied second equation to get You can plug that value into one of the equations to get So, the answer is .
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