Posted by **LIDIA** on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 6:06pm.

There are 36 buttons in a jar. There are 3 times as many red buttons as white. 1. how many white buttons are there? 2. how many red buttons are there? My answer is 6,am i right?

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**Ms. Sue**, Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 6:10pm
No. 6 isn't the answer to either question.

Let x = the number of white buttons.

x + 3x = 36

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**LIDIA**, Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 6:13pm
Is it 12

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**Ms. Sue**, Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 6:22pm
Let's see. 3 times 12 = 36. That takes care of the red buttons. What about the white buttons?

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**LIDIA**, Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 6:41pm
w + 3w= 4w

36/4 my answer 9 white, 9red

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**Ms. Sue**, Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 6:49pm
Oh, my. When I went to school, 9 + 9 equaled 18.

But your problem states there are three times as many red buttons as white buttons.

How about?

9 white buttons

27 red buttons

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**LIDIA**, Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 6:53pm
thank you very much

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**Ms. Sue**, Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 7:06pm
You're very welcome.

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