Posted by Tonya on .
Mazie counted her dimes. When she put them in groups of 4, she had 2 left over. When she put them in groups of 5, she had one left over. What is the smallest number of dimes she could have, if she has more than 10

3rd grade 
Rinzin,
14 dimes

3rd grade 
Tonya,
how did you come up with this answer

3rd grade 
SraJMcGin,
It looks like Rinzin made 3 piles of 4 = 12 and with 2 over  14. If you only made 2 piles of 4 = 8 with 2 over = 10
BUT the "rules" say more than 10.
Now, if you take 2 piles to 5 (10) with 1 left over = 11.
Sra 
3rd grade 
SraJMcGin,
IF, however it is the same amount of dimes and you can do BOTH things:
11 piles of 4 = 44 + 2 = 46 and then
9 piles of 5 = 45 + 1 = 46
The answer must be 46.
Sra 
3rd grade 
bianca,
46

3rd grade 
siva,
26