How Many Of Each?

Pens cost 17p each,
Pencils cost 9p each.

Michelle spent 78p altogether.

How many pens and pencils did she buy?

Dishes cost £1.47 each,
Plates cost £1.40 each.

Jada spent £8.61 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 £1.04 each,

Drinks cost £1.19 each.

Sara spent £39.39 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 £2.23 £3.27 £4.31 £5.35 £6.39 £7.43 £8.47 £9.51 £10.55 £11.59
4 2 £3.42 £4.46 £5.50 £6.54 £7.58 £8.62 £9.66 £10.70 £11.74 £12.78
5 3 £4.61 £5.65 £6.69 £7.73 £8.77 £9.81 £10.85 £11.89 £12.93 £13.97
6 4 £5.80 £6.84 £7.88 £8.92 £9.96 £11.00 £12.04 £13.08 £14.12 £15.16
7 5 £6.99 £8.03 £9.07 £10.11 £11.15 £12.19 £13.23 £14.27 £15.31 £16.35
8 6 £8.18 £9.22 £10.26 £11.30 £12.34 £13.38 £14.42 £15.46 £16.50 £17.54
9 7 £9.37 £10.41 £11.45 £12.49 £13.53 £14.57 £15.61 £16.65 £17.69 £18.73
10 8 £10.56 £11.60 £12.64 £13.68 £14.72 £15.76 £16.80 £17.84 £18.88 £19.92
11 9 £11.75 £12.79 £13.83 £14.87 £15.91 £16.95 £17.99 £19.03 £20.07 £21.11
12 10 £12.94 £13.98 £15.02 £16.06 £17.10 £18.14 £19.18 £20.22 £21.26 £22.30



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