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Mrs Sim gave pencils to every student in her class. If she gave each student 8 pencils, she would have 3 pencils left. If she gave 3 pencils to each student, she would have 188 pencils left. How mant students were there in Mrs Sims's class?

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    let the number of students be n
    number of pencils = 8n+3
    or
    number of pencils = 3n + 188

    8n + 3 = 3n + 188
    5n = 185
    n = 37

    she has 37 students and 299 pencils

    check:
    8 pencils per student ---> 296 , 3 left over, ✔
    3 pencils per student ---> 111 , 188 left over ✔

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