An entomologist always keeps a few ‘pets’ at home and currently has some spiders, beatles, and an assortment of apodous larvae. She has less larvae than spiders and beatles combined. Altogether in the collection there are seventeen heads and fifty-eight legs. How many spiders does the entomologist keep?

pengangiie May 6, 2015

#1**+10 **

Spider: 1 head 8 legs

Beetle: 1 head 6 legs

Larva: 1 head 0 legs (?)

S + B + L = 17 ...(1)

S + B > L ...(2)

8S + 6B = 58 ...(3)

Solving (1) and (3) for S and B we get

S = 3L - 22 ...(4)

B = 39 - 4L ...(5)

From (4) we see that L must be greater than 7 or S will be negative.

Try L = 8

S = 2, B = 7 and S + B = 9 which is greater than L consistent with (2)

Try L = 9

S = 5, B = 3 and S + B = 8 which is less than L so not consistent with (2)

L must be less than 10 or B will be negative

Therefore there must be 2 spiders (and 7 beetles and 8 larvae).

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Alan May 6, 2015

#1**+10 **

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Spider: 1 head 8 legs

Beetle: 1 head 6 legs

Larva: 1 head 0 legs (?)

S + B + L = 17 ...(1)

S + B > L ...(2)

8S + 6B = 58 ...(3)

Solving (1) and (3) for S and B we get

S = 3L - 22 ...(4)

B = 39 - 4L ...(5)

From (4) we see that L must be greater than 7 or S will be negative.

Try L = 8

S = 2, B = 7 and S + B = 9 which is greater than L consistent with (2)

Try L = 9

S = 5, B = 3 and S + B = 8 which is less than L so not consistent with (2)

L must be less than 10 or B will be negative

Therefore there must be 2 spiders (and 7 beetles and 8 larvae).

.

Alan May 6, 2015

#2**+5 **

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Melody May 6, 2015