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Betty goes to the store to get flour and sugar. The amount of flour she buys, in pounds, is at least 6 pounds more than half the amount of sugar, and is no more than twice the amount of sugar. Find the least number of pounds of sugar that Betty could buy.

 Aug 28, 2018

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Betty goes to the store to get flour and sugar.
The amount of flour she buys, in pounds, is at least 6 pounds more than half the amount of sugar,
and is no more than twice the amount of sugar.
Find the least number of pounds of sugar that Betty could buy.

 

Let \(y\) = flour
Let \(x\) = sugar

 

\(\begin{array}{|rcll|} \hline y &\ge& 6+\dfrac x2 \\ y &\le& 2x \\ \hline \end{array}\)

 

\(\begin{array}{|rcll|} \hline && & y \ge 6+\dfrac x2 \\ && & y \le 2x \\\\ \underline{x_{\text{min}}:} \\ 2x &=& 6+\dfrac x2 \\\\ 2x-\dfrac x2 &=& 6 \\\\ \dfrac32\cdot x &=& 6 \\\\ x &=& \dfrac23 \cdot 6 \\\\ \mathbf{ x} & \mathbf{=} & \mathbf{4\ \text{pounds}} \\ \hline \end{array}\)

 

The least number of pounds of sugar that Betty could buy are \(\mathbf{4\ \text{pounds}}\).

 

 

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 Aug 29, 2018
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Betty goes to the store to get flour and sugar.
The amount of flour she buys, in pounds, is at least 6 pounds more than half the amount of sugar,
and is no more than twice the amount of sugar.
Find the least number of pounds of sugar that Betty could buy.

 

Let \(y\) = flour
Let \(x\) = sugar

 

\(\begin{array}{|rcll|} \hline y &\ge& 6+\dfrac x2 \\ y &\le& 2x \\ \hline \end{array}\)

 

\(\begin{array}{|rcll|} \hline && & y \ge 6+\dfrac x2 \\ && & y \le 2x \\\\ \underline{x_{\text{min}}:} \\ 2x &=& 6+\dfrac x2 \\\\ 2x-\dfrac x2 &=& 6 \\\\ \dfrac32\cdot x &=& 6 \\\\ x &=& \dfrac23 \cdot 6 \\\\ \mathbf{ x} & \mathbf{=} & \mathbf{4\ \text{pounds}} \\ \hline \end{array}\)

 

The least number of pounds of sugar that Betty could buy are \(\mathbf{4\ \text{pounds}}\).

 

 

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heureka Aug 29, 2018

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