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A coffee shop sells small cups of coffee and large cups of coffee.

A small cup of coffee costs \$2.
A large cup of coffee costs \$3.
On Tuesday, the store sold a total of 155 cups of coffee for a total of \$335.
How many small cups of coffee did the store sell on Tuesday?

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Conventional algebra:
x=number of small cups
y=number of large cups
form the system of equations
x+y=155
2x+3y=335
Solve the system for x and y.

Quick way by substituting directly:
Let 155-x=number of large cups
2x+3(155-x)=335
Solve the linear equation for x.

Faster way by mental calculations:
Assume all sold are small,
then proceeds
=2x155=310

Money left-over = \$335-310 = 25
Exchange 25 small cups for 25 large cups for \$25, so
small cups = 155-25=130
large cups = 25.

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