Caden, Brandon, and Perry had a total of 103 erasers. The ratio of the number of erasers Brandon had to the number of erasers Perry had was 4:5. After Caden and Brandon gave 1/2 of their eraser, the 3 kids had 79 erasers left. How many erasers did Brandon and Perry have in the end?

Guest Jun 11, 2023

#1**+1 **

**How many erasers did Brandon and Perry have in the end?**

**Hello Guest!**

\(c+b+p=103\\ b:p=4:5\\ \dfrac{c}{2}+\dfrac{b}{2}+p=79\\ p=\dfrac{5b}{4}\\ c+b+\dfrac{5b}{4}=103\\ \dfrac{c}{2}+\dfrac{b}{2}+\dfrac{5b}{4}=79\)

\(c+b+\dfrac{5b}{2}=158\\ 158-b-\dfrac{5b}{2}=103-b-\dfrac{5b}{4}\\ 55=\dfrac{5b}{2}-\dfrac{5b}{4}\\ 55=\dfrac{5b}{4}\\ \color{blue}b=44\\ Brandon\ has\ 44\ erasers\ at\ the\ beginning.\\ b:p=4:5\\ p=\dfrac{5b}{4}=\dfrac{5\cdot 44}{4}\\ \color{blue}p=55\\Perry\ has\ 55\ erasers\ at\ the\ beginning.\)

\(c=103-44-55\\ c=4\\ Caden\ has\ 4\ erasers\ at\ the\ beginning.\\ Brandon\ and\ Caden\ gave\ up\ half\ of\ their\ erasers.\\b-\dfrac{b}{2}+p= 44-\dfrac{44}{2}+55=\color{blue}77\)

**77 erasers did Brandon and Perry have in the end.**

!

asinus Jun 11, 2023

#2**+1 **

C + B + P==103,

B/P ==4/5,

[C - 1/2C + B - 1/2B + P]==79, solve for B, C, P

Use substitution to get:

B==44 erasers - what Brandon started with

C ==4 erasers - what Caden started with

P ==55 erasers - what Perry started with.

**44 - (44/2) ==22 erasers - Brandon had in the end.**

**55 - 0 ==55 erasers - what Perry had in the end.**

**22 + 55==77 total erasers of Brandon and Perry at the end.**

4 - (4/2) ==2 erasers - what Caden had in the end.

**Check: 22 + 55 + 2 ==79 total of all erasers at the end. **

Guest Jun 11, 2023

edited by
Guest
Jun 11, 2023