Posted by **Nessie** on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 4:10pm.

Translate each situation to a system of equations. Do not attempt to solve.

Paint Town sold 45 paintbrushes, one kind at $8.50 each and another at $9.50 each. In all, $398.75 was taken in for the brushes. How many of each kind were sold?

My teacher told me that I would probably have to make two equations and each one would have two variables.

I do not need to know how to solve, I just do not know how to make equations from the information provided.

Thanks!

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**drwls**, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 4:52pm
Let x be the number of expensive paintbrushes and y be the number of inexpensive ones.

Clearly, x + y = 45 is one of the equations

The other equation says how much money was spent, expressed in terms of x and y.

___x + ___y = 38.75

Make an attempt at that. Fill in the blanks with the prices of each. Then solve the pair of equations

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