Interesting Qn from a www.learnbywatching.org subscriber

18 Jun

This question is not too difficult if interpreted correctly.

A shopkeeper wants to pack some sweets into similar containers,If he packs 35 sweets in each container, he will have 150 sweets left. If he packs 50 sweets in each container, he will be short of 45 sweets. What is the smallest possible number of sweets the shopkeeper has?

Try it.

Here is a short solution:

By listing (ie. assume 1 container, 2 containers etc and calculate…):

3 containers x 35 sweets + 150 sweets = 255 sweets

6 containers x 50 sweets – 45 sweets = 255 sweets

Ans: 255 sweets

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