Theodore had 24 baseball cards. He sells 1/4 of his cards to Tom, 1/3 of his cards to Larry. How many baseball cards does Theodore have left?

Guest Mar 7, 2020

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#2**+1 **

This doesn't seem like algebra... (imo)

Theodore has 24 baseball cards and sells 1/4 of them to Tom.

1/4 of 24 is 6.

So he sells 6 to Tom.

24-6 = 18. Theodore has 18 cards left.

Sells 1/3 of those, and 1/3 of 18 is also 6.

Subtract 16: 18 - 6 = 12.

**So Theodore has 12 cards left.**

AnimalMaster Mar 7, 2020

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This is a poorly worded problem......it does not say that he gave 1/3 of what was left after giving 1/4 away.....who knows what is meant by

'He sells 1/4 of his cards to Tom, 1/3 of his cards to Larry.' I interpreted it as he gave 1/4 of total and 1/3 of total ....then how much is left?

you interpreted it as gives 1/4 then gives 1/3 of the remainder to Larry..... both of our answers are correct !

ElectricPavlov
Mar 8, 2020

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Yeah. The problem was poorly worded. It depends on whether he meant 1/3 of what was left, or 1/3 of all his cards.

AnimalMaster
Mar 8, 2020