2018 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 8

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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?

$\textbf{(A) }   0   \qquad        \textbf{(B) }   1   \qquad    \textbf{(C) }   2   \qquad   \textbf{(D) }  3  \qquad  \textbf{(E) }   4$

Solution

Let $x$ be the number of 5-cent stamps that Joe has. Therefore, he must have $(x+3)$ 10-cent stamps and $(23-(x+3)-x)$ 25-cent stamps. Since the total value of his collection is 320 cents, we can write $\begin{align*} 5x+10(x+3)+25(23-(x+3)-x) &=320 \\ 5x+10(x+3)+25(20-2x) &=320 \\ 5x+10x+30+500-50x &=320 \\ 35x &=210 \\ x &=6 \end{align*}$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Package amsmath Error: \begin{align*} allowed only in paragraph mode.) Joe has 6 5-cent stamps, 9 10-cent stamps, and 8 25-cent stamps. Thus, our answer is $8-6=\boxed{2}$

~Nivek

See Also

2018 AMC 10A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 7
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Problem 9
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