Simultaneous ShoppingFind the cost of the individual items in these shopping baskets given the basket totals. 
This is level 1. Find the cost of each type of item seen in these baskets. The total cost of all of the items in the baskets is shown. You will be awarded a trophy if you get at least 9 correct and you do this activity online.
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The cost of each item can be represented as a letter. Use the total cost of each basket to form two equations.
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Level 1  Equations produced can be subtracted to eliminate one varable.
Level 2  Equations produced can be subtracted, after one has been multiplied, to eliminate one varable.
Level 3  Equations produced can be subtracted, after both have been multiplied, to eliminate one varable.
Level 4  Mixed questions, randomly generated with larger numbers.
Level 5  Shopping baskets containing items and coupons producing equations with some negative coefficients.
The situations in this set of exercises can be expressed as simultaneous equations. For more varied pairs of simultaneous equations try the following exercise:
Simultaneous Equations  A more traditional set of exercises using letters instead of pictures.
Exam Style Questions  A collection of problems in the style of GCSE or IB/Alevel exam paper questions (worked solutions are available for Transum subscribers).
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The cost of each item can be represented as a letter. Use the total cost of each basket to form two sumultaneous equations. The video explains how simultaneous equations can be solved.
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