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− | The 6 green marbles | + | The <math>6</math> green marbles and yellow marbles form <math>1 - \frac{1}{3} - \frac{1}{4} = \frac{5}{12}</math> of the total marbles. Now suppose the total number of marbles is <math>x</math>. We know the number of yellow marbles is <math>\frac{5}{12}x - 6</math> and a positive integer. Therefore, <math>12</math> must divide <math>x</math>. Trying the smallest multiples of <math>12</math> for <math>x</math>, we see that when <math>x = 12</math>, we get there are <math>-1</math> yellow marbles, which is impossible. However when <math>x = 24</math>, there are <math>\frac{5}{12} \cdot 24 - 6 = \textbf{(D) } 4</math> yellow marbles, which must be the smallest possible. |
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Revision as of 16:10, 22 November 2017
Problem 9
All of Marcy's marbles are blue, red, green, or yellow. One third of her marbles are blue, one fourth of them are red, and six of them are green. What is the smallest number of yellow marbles that Marcy could have?
Solution
The green marbles and yellow marbles form of the total marbles. Now suppose the total number of marbles is . We know the number of yellow marbles is and a positive integer. Therefore, must divide . Trying the smallest multiples of for , we see that when , we get there are yellow marbles, which is impossible. However when , there are yellow marbles, which must be the smallest possible.
See Also
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