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# Determine the number of small boxes sent and the number of large boxes sent.?

A publisher needs to send many books to a local book retailer and will send the books in a combination of small and large boxes. Each small box can hold 25 books and each large box can hold 50 books. There were 3 more large boxes sent than small boxes, which altogether can hold 450 books. Determine the number of small boxes sent and the number of large boxes sent.

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- MichaelLv 71 month ago
s = number of small boxes

s + 3 = number of large boxes

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Each small box can hold 25 books and each large box can hold 50 books. altogether can hold 450 books

25s + 50(s + 3) = 450

Distribute

25s + 50s + 150 = 450

75s + 150 = 450

Subtract 150 from both sides

75s = 300

Divide both sides by 75

s = 4 <–––– small boxes

s + 3 = 7 <–––– large boxes

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