How Many Of Each?

Pens cost 16p each,
Pencils cost 7p each.

Sofia spent 76p altogether.

How many pens and pencils did she buy?

Dishes cost £1.72 each,
Plates cost £1.73 each.

Riley spent £10.34 on dishes and plates.

How many of each did she buy?


Topics: Starter | Arithmetic

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If students have access to computing devices you may wish to try solving the following?

Sandwiches cost £1.79 each,

Drinks cost £1.80 each.

Haley spent £102.29 on sandwiches and drinks.

How many of each did she buy?

[Assume that they bought at least one of each of the items above.]

You may wish to use a spreadsheet or write a program on a graphing calculator:

  A B C D E F G H I J K
1   Sandwiches                
2 Drinks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
3 1 £3.59 £5.38 £7.17 £8.96 £10.75 £12.54 £14.33 £16.12 £17.91 £19.70
4 2 £5.39 £7.18 £8.97 £10.76 £12.55 £14.34 £16.13 £17.92 £19.71 £21.50
5 3 £7.19 £8.98 £10.77 £12.56 £14.35 £16.14 £17.93 £19.72 £21.51 £23.30
6 4 £8.99 £10.78 £12.57 £14.36 £16.15 £17.94 £19.73 £21.52 £23.31 £25.10
7 5 £10.79 £12.58 £14.37 £16.16 £17.95 £19.74 £21.53 £23.32 £25.11 £26.90
8 6 £12.59 £14.38 £16.17 £17.96 £19.75 £21.54 £23.33 £25.12 £26.91 £28.70
9 7 £14.39 £16.18 £17.97 £19.76 £21.55 £23.34 £25.13 £26.92 £28.71 £30.50
10 8 £16.19 £17.98 £19.77 £21.56 £23.35 £25.14 £26.93 £28.72 £30.51 £32.30
11 9 £17.99 £19.78 £21.57 £23.36 £25.15 £26.94 £28.73 £30.52 £32.31 £34.10
12 10 £19.79 £21.58 £23.37 £25.16 £26.95 £28.74 £30.53 £32.32 £34.11 £35.90



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