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# Please help!!!!! this is an emergency for assignment due 11:59

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Here is the question:

joseph has started saving quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, but is unable to give the exact change for a hamburger costing 3.50\$. What is the greatest amount of money he could have in coins?.

Dec 22, 2021

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The most amount of money is \$3.67.

Dec 22, 2021
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Hello and thanks for answering. Can you explain a bit?

Guest Dec 22, 2021
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Can you explain a bit?

No, the first guest can not because the answer is incorrect.

But I'll try to explain.

If you have 14 quarters, you have 3.50 in quarters.  This would pay for the

hamburger, so take away one quarter, leaving 13 quarters.  13 quarters totals 3.25.

If you have 5 dimes, you could use them along with 3.00 in quarters to pay for

the hamburger, so take away one dime, leaving 4 dimes.  4 dimes totals 0.40.

If you have 1 nickel, you could use it along with 2 dimes and 13 quarters to pay

for the hamburger, so you cannot have a nickel at all.

You can have 4 pennies, because if you have 5 you could use them in place of the

nickel you can't have.  4 pennies totals 0.04.

Adding up all the coins, the total amount you can have is \$3.69.

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Dec 22, 2021
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Hello and thank you very much, I appreciate your help

The only thing that confused me was the fact that it said Josef has started saving quarters nickels, dimes, and pennies.

This led me to think that if he had started to save these coins he probably had at least 1 of each.

Looking at it from your perspective it totally makes sense.

If you can answer it, can you tell me why, even though it says he had already started saving these coins it meant he could also have 0?

Guest Dec 22, 2021
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Perhaps Joseph had the intention of saving nickels, but he didn't find any nickels to save.

It's safe to assume that Joseph can have 0 of one of the coins, since it isn't specified in the problem.

tinfoilhat  Dec 22, 2021
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< This led me to think that if he had started to save these coins he probably had at least 1 of each. >

That's a good point, and a decent inference, and its opposite is equally valid.  It becomes a math problem with a nested language problem, namely, what does "started" imply.  Does it incorporate intent?  Let's think about an analog (pun intended).  How about:  I've started dieting but I haven't lost any weight yet.  I've started collecting nickels but I don't have any yet.

If you want to require at least one nickel, then you can't have 2 dimes.

That would leave you with 1 dime, and then you could have 2 nickels.

13 quarters     3.25

1 dime           0.10

2 nickels        0.10

4 pennies      0.04

total                 3.49

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Guest Dec 22, 2021
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It seems that the same question has been asked on brainly.com (https://brainly.com/question/12971062), and the solution matched your answer of \$3.49.

tinfoilhat  Dec 22, 2021
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Look at this coincidence.  Your screen name tinfoilhat, or, if I may, "tin" as a nickname.  I answer questions on an eBay forum – https://community.ebay.com/t5/Ask-a-Mentor/bd-p/ask-a-mentor (btw my username on eBay is gosimus) – and the most amazing responder over there, username is tenbigdogs.  So, here it's "tin" and over there it's "ten" so is it really a coincidence... I think not.

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Guest Dec 23, 2021