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How Many Of Each?

A self marking quiz asking you to work out how many items were bought from the information given.

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Pens cost 12p each, pencils cost 5p each. Colin spent 68p altogether.

1. How many pens did he buy? Pen


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2. How many pencils did he buy? Pencil


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Audrey also spent 68p but she bought wax crayons and felt pens. Wax crayons cost 5p each and felt pens cost 16p each.

3. How many felt pens did she buy?


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4. How many wax crayons did she buy?


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Dishes cost £1.02 each. Plates cost £1.51 each. Brooklyn spent £6.57 on dishes and plates.

5. How many plates did she buy?


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6. How many dishes did she buy?


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At a different shop dishes cost £1.18 and plates cost £1.21. Michelle spent £7.14 on dishes and plates.

7. How many dishes did Michelle buy?


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8. How many plates did she buy?


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You might want to use a spreadsheet to help you with this question.
Sandwiches cost £1.46 each. Drinks cost £1.36 each. Iqbal spent £45.02 on sandwiches and drinks.

9. How many sandwiches did he buy?


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10. How many drinks did he buy?


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Level 1 - Questions with two unknowns

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Pens cost 12p each, pencils cost 5p each. Matthew spent 63p altogether. How many of each did he buy?

One possible method for solving this problem is by constructing a table of possibilities.

In this case you could cut down the work required by noticing that the cost of pencils is an odd number while the cost of pens is an even number. In order to achieve an odd total the number of pencils must be odd:


So Matthew bought 4 pens and 3 pencils.

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