Posted by **Rachelle** on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 4:41pm.

5 green balls and 2 red balls together weigh 10 pounds, and 1 green ball and 4 red balls together weigh 7 pounds. If all red balls weigh the same amount and all green balls weigh the same, then what is the weight of 8 red and 8 green balls together?

I'm not sure at all how to solve this one, either... please help in any way you can! Thanks! :-)

- algebra -
**Melanii**, Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 4:59pm
i kinda did ratios

5:2 =10

4:1 =7

8:8 =?

so then

2 1/2:1 =5

2:1/2 =3 1/2

4:4 =?

- algebra -
**Chopsticks**, Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 5:00pm
The red ball weighs about 1.4

the green ball weighs about 1.44

So i think 8r and 8g ball weighs about 22.72

This is not an exact measurement of each balls, just an estimate.

- algebra -
**Rachelle**, Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 5:03pm
Wow... 1/2 of a ball. :-)

I see what you were trying to get across... but our teacher never showed us a problem like this... so frustrating.

I don't know if your ratio way is exactly right, but it is a good way to straighten out the info.

Wait... I got something!

Maybe it's...

g is green and r is red.

5g + 2r = 10

g + 4r = 7

Then, if we add those together and find out what one ball weighs individually, then you just multiply it by 8! I think I got it! :-)

- algebra -
**Melanii**, Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 5:07pm
thanks chopsticks.

yeah that makes sense... i'm gonna try it.

- Thanks! -
**Rachelle**, Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 5:09pm
Yes, Chopsticks, after trying the way I described in my last response, I got the same answers you have.

Thank you for your help! :-)

- algebra -
**Melanii**, Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 5:11pm
i reposted it btw ok? :):):) just so you know.

## Answer this Question

## Related Questions

- Algebra 1 - 5 green balls and 2 red balls together weigh 10 pounds, and 1 green ...
- Pre Algebra Probability - Each of two urns contains green balls and red balls. ...
- statistics - A jar contains 7 red balls, 5 green balls, 4 blue balls, and 3 ...
- Math - A bag contains 5 balls,8 white balls, 9 green balls,7 blue balls& 6 ...
- statistics - If a bag contains a set of 20 red balls, 10 green balls, and 15 ...
- math *check* - 8. Each of two urns contains green balls and red balls. Urn one ...
- Math - Each of two urns contains green balls and red balls. Urn one contains 10 ...
- d - given piles of identical red, blue and green balls where each pile contains ...
- math - each of two urns contains green balls and red balls. urn I contains 8 ...
- Math - Four balls are simultaneously picked at random from a jar containing 2 ...