# Algebra

Mrs. Boyd has a desk full of quarters and nickels. If she has a total of 31 coins with a total face value of \$4.55, how many of the coins are nickels?

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1. q = # of quarters
n = # of nickels

q + n = 31 coins

Now, you need the value of the coins:

.25q + .05n =4.55

I would multiply by 100 to get rid of the decimals

25q + 5n = 455
q + n + 31

(multiply this equation by negative 5 and add.)

You will solve for quarters and then you can find nickels

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posted by Dr. Jane

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