Posted by **Brandi** on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 5:27pm.

I need help on how to work the problem below. The teacher said the answer is 11, but I don't understand how you get there.

"The Big Screamer Coaster carries 92 people altogether. Some if its cars carry 4 passengers,and the rest carry 6 passengers. There are 3 less 6 passenger cars than 4 passenger cars. How many 4 passenger cars are there?"

Thanks...

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**Reiny**, Monday, October 7, 2013 at 6:41pm
number of 4 passenger cars --- x

number of 6 passenger cars --- y

assuming the coaster is filled to capacity ...

4x + 6y = 92 or **2x + 3y = 46**

but y = x - 3

sub into first equation ....

2x + 3y = 46

2x + 3(x-3) = 46

2x + 3x - 9 = 46

5x = 55

x = 11

if x = 11, then y = x-3 = 8

there are 11 four passenger cars and 8 six passenger cars

check:

4(11) + 6(8) = 92

and 8 is 3 less than 11

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