How Many Of Each?

Pens cost 18p each,
Pencils cost 7p each.

Gracie spent 75p altogether.

How many pens and pencils did she buy?

Dishes cost £1.57 each,
Plates cost £1.89 each.

Claire spent £6.92 on dishes and plates.

How many of each did she buy?


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

Sandwiches cost £1.57 each,

Drinks cost £1.29 each.

Isabelle spent £76.10 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 £2.86 £4.43 £6.00 £7.57 £9.14 £10.71 £12.28 £13.85 £15.42 £16.99
4 2 £4.15 £5.72 £7.29 £8.86 £10.43 £12.00 £13.57 £15.14 £16.71 £18.28
5 3 £5.44 £7.01 £8.58 £10.15 £11.72 £13.29 £14.86 £16.43 £18.00 £19.57
6 4 £6.73 £8.30 £9.87 £11.44 £13.01 £14.58 £16.15 £17.72 £19.29 £20.86
7 5 £8.02 £9.59 £11.16 £12.73 £14.30 £15.87 £17.44 £19.01 £20.58 £22.15
8 6 £9.31 £10.88 £12.45 £14.02 £15.59 £17.16 £18.73 £20.30 £21.87 £23.44
9 7 £10.60 £12.17 £13.74 £15.31 £16.88 £18.45 £20.02 £21.59 £23.16 £24.73
10 8 £11.89 £13.46 £15.03 £16.60 £18.17 £19.74 £21.31 £22.88 £24.45 £26.02
11 9 £13.18 £14.75 £16.32 £17.89 £19.46 £21.03 £22.60 £24.17 £25.74 £27.31
12 10 £14.47 £16.04 £17.61 £19.18 £20.75 £22.32 £23.89 £25.46 £27.03 £28.60



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