# how do i solve this math problem?

A theater has a seating capacity of 597 and charges $2 for children, $4 for students, and $6 for adults. At a certain screening with full attendance, there were half as many adults as children and students combined. The receipts totaled $2406. How many children attended the show?

### 2 Answers

- TenMarksLv 49 years ago
Hey,

Let me help you in solving this problem.

Let there be 'x' children and 'y' students

Total seating capacity = 597

So number of adults = 597 - ( no of children + no. of students)

= 597 - (x + y)

Also we are given that number of adults = (x + y)/2

Or, (x + y)/2 = 597 - (x + y)

=> On solving this equation we can get that:

x + y = 398

So number of adults = (x + y)/2 = 199

Also we are given that:

2x + 4y + 6(199) = 2406

2x + 4y + 1194 = 2406

2x + 4y = 2406 - 1194 = 1012

Or by simplifying: x + 2y = 506

Also from the earlier equations we know:

x + y = 398

So we can solve the given two equation to find the value of 'x' or the number of children:

x + 2y = 506

x + y = 398

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- - - SUBTRACT

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0 + y = 108

So y = 108

Substitute 108 for y in x + y = 398 to find x:

Or, x = 398 - 108

= 290

So, 290 children attended the show.

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First consider the attendance: 597 = C+S+A

2A = C+S, since there are 1/2 as many adults...

So, 597 = C+S+A = 2A+A = 3A. Hence A = 199, and C+S = 398 which implies C = 398-S

Looking at cost, 2406 = 2C+4S+6A = 2C+4S+6*(199) = 2C+4S+1194.

Hence, 1212 = 2C+4S.

Since C = 398-S from above, we have 1212 = 2*(398-S)+4S = 796-2S+4S = 796+2S.

That's a pretty darn good start, so I'm going to let you finish it. Good luck.