# Maths problem - Urgent !?

Qtn : A farmer has chickens and goats in his farm. There are total of 28 animals and 74 legs. How many chickens are there ? Can someone help me ..

### 16 Answers

- sparkletinaLv 61 decade agoBest Answer
Okay, this is fun. If A is the number of chickens and B is the number of goats, then 2A is the number of chicken legs and 4B is the number of goat legs.

2A+4B=74 and A+B=28 (solve for A) A=28-B

Substitue the value of A into the first equation:

2(28-B)+4B=74

56-2B+4B=74

56+2B=74

2B=18

B=9

Pop that into the second equation to get a value for A:

A+9=28

A=19

There are 19 chickens with 2 legs (a total of 38 legs) and 9 goats with 4 legs (a total of 36 legs). This is a total of 28 animals with 74 legs.

- 1 decade ago
Straightforward simultaneous equations

There are 2x chicken legs and 4y goats legs

Total legs (74) = 2x + 4y

Total number of animals = x + y = 28

so x = 28 - y,

Put that in the first equation gives 56 - 2y + 4y = 74

So y = 9 and x = 19

So 9 goats and 19 chickens

- Anonymous1 decade ago
C is the number of chickens, G is the number of goats.

74 = 2 x C + 4 x G

28 = C + G

Solve the second equation of either C or G (I chose C below) then substitute back into the first equation.

C = 28 - G

74 = 2 x (28 - G) + 4 x G

74 = 56 - 2G + 4G

18 = 2G.... so there are 9 goats, and that means 19 chickens

- 1 decade ago
this can be done in the "false hypothesis method" it goes like this- you assume all of the animals have 4 legs

it goes 28*4=112

then you see how many extra feet you have 112-74 = 38

this is the number of chcken legs - so there are 38/2=19 chickens

and (74-38)/4 goats ==> 9 goats

it is a weird method but it workes..

Source(s): it was taught in the 3 grade or something... - How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Let c = the number of chickens

Let g = the number of goats

You know that each chicken has 2 legs and each goat has 4.

c + g = 28

2c + 4g = 74

Solve for a single variable in the first equation.

c + g = 28

c = 28 - g

Plug that variable into the second equation.

2(28 - g) + 4g = 74

56 - 2g + 4g = 74

56 + 2g = 74

2g = 18

g = 9

That means there are 9 goats.

c + g = 28

c + 9 = 28

c = 19

That means there are 19 chickens.

- rscannerLv 61 decade ago
Let x = number of 4 legged animals and y = number of 2 legged animals

Then

x + y = 28

and

4x + 2y = 74

Solve for x and y. Chickens have two legs and goats have 4.

- kimberLv 43 years ago
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- 1 decade ago
Simultaneous equation.

Let Chicken be X

Let Goats be Y

X + Y = 28 ----------(1)

2X + 4Y = 74 ---------(2)

Solve..... X=19 and Y = 9