Posted by **M.A.** on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 9:39am.

Two questions:

(1) In a class every boy is friends with exactly 3 girls. Every girl is friends with exactly 2 boys. There are only 19 desks (each holding at most two students), and 31 of the students in the class study French. How many students are there?

(2) A smaller circle rolls along the inside curve of a larger circle. The diameter of the larger circle is 3 times that of the smaller circle. How many revolutions does the small circle have to make to complete the inside curve of the larger circle?

I think the answer is 3. If I cut the circles and lay them flat on the ground, the larger circle is 3 times longer than the smaller circle. So the smaller circle would have to revolve 3 times in order to equal the distance inside the larger circle. Is that correct?

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**Reiny**, Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 9:58am
yes on #2

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**M.A.**, Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 1:45pm
What is the answer and solution to #1?

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**Reiny**, Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 2:39pm
I can't quite get my head around this the way it is stated.

I see four restrictions:

(b -- boys, g -- girls)

b+g ≥ 31

b+g ≤ 38

g ≤ 3b

b ≥ 2g

If I graph this on a b-g axes graph, there is a region with about 80 ordered pairs that obey all 4 restrictions

e.g. b = 12 g = 22

b+g = 34 , which is less than 38 and greater than 31, check first two restrictions

third: is 22 < 3(12) ? yes

fourth: is 12 < 2(22) yes.

What don't I see ?

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**Bob**, Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 8:16pm
36?

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