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Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level
Here is a well laid out solution from Andrei, School 205, Bucharest. Well done Andrei.

First, I calculated the prices:

£$24 - 25 \% \times $ £$24 = $ £$18$
£$18 - \frac13 \times $ £$18 = $ £$12$
£$18 - 50\% \times $ £$18 = $ £$9$

I used the following notation:

  • $x$ - the number of CDs sold by the first store for £$24$
  • $y$ - the number of CDs sold by the first store for £$18$
  • $z$ - the number of CDs sold by the first store for £$12$
  • $u$ - the number of CDs sold by the second store for £$9$

From the first store, with what it sold, I can write the following equation:

$24x + 18y + 12z = 2010$

which can be written as:

$4x + 3y + 2z = 335$ (eqn. $1$)

If the store managed to sell all the CDs, I would have had:

$24x + 18y + 30\times18 = 2370$

or

$4x + 3y = 305$ (eqn. $2$)

From the second store, I have the following information:

$18x + 24y + 9u = 2010$ (eqn. $3$)

However, I know that:

$x + y + 30 = x + y + u$

So, $u = 30$

Now, I substitute $u$ in equation ($3$):

$18x + 24y + 9\times30 = 2010$

or

$3x + 4y = 290$ (eqn. 4)

Now, I have a system of $3$ equations (($1$), ($2$), ($4$)) with $3$ unknowns ($x$, $y$ and $z$), so that I can calculate them all. First, I use equations ($2$) and ($4$).

From equation ($2$), I write $x$ as a function of $y$:

$x = (305 - 3y)/4$ (eqn. $5$)

Now, I substitute in equation ($4$), obtaining:

$3 (305 - 3y)/4 + 4y = 290$ (eqn. $6$)

And from equation ($6$), I calculate $y$:

$(16y - 9y + 915) = 1160$
$7y = 245$
$y = 35$ (eqn. $7$)

Now, I calculate $x$ from equation ($5$):

$x = 50$ (eqn. $8$)

And I calculate $z$ from equation ($1$):

$z = 15$ (eqn. $9$)

From $7, 8$ and $9$ we have:

$50$ CDs sold for £$24$
$35$ CDs sold for £$18$
$15$ CDs sold for £$12$.