A mathematician works for $t$ hours per day and solves $p$ problems per hour, where $t$ and $p$ are positive integers. One day, the mathematician drinks some coffee and discovers that he can now solve $4p+7$ problems per hour. In fact, he only works for $t-3$ hours that day, but he still solves twice as many problems as he would in a normal day. How many problems does he solve the day he drinks coffee?

Guest Aug 23, 2023

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The number of problems he solves on a normal day = p*t

On the day he drinks coffee he solves 2pt problems....so...

(4p + 7) ( t - 3) = 2pt

4pt +7t - 12p - 21 = 2pt

2pt + 7t - 12p - 21 = 0

2pt + 7t = 12p + 21

t = [ 12p + 21 ] / [ 2p + 7 ]

Note that this makes t an nteger when p= 7 and t = 5

So.....he solves 2(7)(5) = 70 problems on the day he drinks coffee

CPhill Aug 24, 2023