posted by fko .
There is a bowl of fruit on the table. There are twice as many apples as pears and one more orange than apples. Eight pieces are either oranges or bananas. There are 3 bananas. How many pears are there in the bowl?
You can solve sequentially as follows:
"There are 3 bananas."
"Eight pieces are either oranges or bananas"
"one more orange than apples"
"twice as many apples as pears"
Since they say there is three bananas, and 5+3= 8, there are 5 oranges. 5-1=4, so there are 4 apples. 4 times 2 = 8 so there are 8 pears. Answer: 8 pears