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The 93 nature camp students ate lunch at the lodge. They sat at an even number of tables. There were 5 students sitting at one table, and an equal number of students sitting at each of the other tables. How many students were sitting at each of the other tables?

  • 4th grade (math) - ,

    Solve by eliminating possibilities. You have to distribute 88 students equally among an even number of tables. There could be 44 tables with 2 each, or 22 with 4 each, or 11 with 8 each, or 8 with 11 each, etc. One choice is more likely (22 with 4) because that is a more reasonable table size.

    There is several possible solutions, and for that reason this is not a very good question for teaching math.

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