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    fatima told her children "if i give u 2 toffees each of you,i am left with 3 toffees.But if i try to give 3 toffees each of you,i face a short of 2 toffees" how many children does fatima have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tooba View Post
    fatima told her children "if i give u 2 toffees each of you,i am left with 3 toffees.But if i try to give 3 toffees each of you,i face a short of 2 toffees" how many children does fatima have?
    So to give each child one more toffee would require 5 more toffees
    (the three left from the first distribution ad 2 more fatima will have
    to borrow to complete the second distribution).

    So how many children are there?

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    Hello, tooba!

    Fatima told her children, "If I give you 2 toffees to each of you,'
    I am left with 3 toffees. .But if i try to give 3 toffees to each of you,
    I am short 2 toffees". .How many children does Fatima have?

    Let N = number of toffees.
    Let C = number of children.

    If she gives two to each child, there will be three left over.
    . . Hence: . N \;=\;2C + 3 .[1]

    If she gives three to each child, she will be two toffees short.
    . . Hence: . N \;=\;3C - 2 .[2]


    Equate [1] and [2]: . 2C + 3 \;=\;3C - 2

    . . and solve for C.

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