Jose and Mike are members of a school video club. They were discussing sharing
homemade videotapes. When Jose asked to borrow Mike's videos, Mike replied:
"Each video completely fills one videotape. I have just one videotape at
home. However, I used to have lots of tapes. I gave 1/2 of my videotapes plus
1/2 a tape to Joanne. I gave 1/2 of my remaining videotapes and a 1/2 tape to
Maritza. Lastly, I gave 1/2 of my remaining videotapes and a 1/2 tape to
Jeff. How many videotapes did Mike have originally? Why could JoAnne,
Maritza and Jeff Watch all of the videotapes that Mike gave them? If the video
club used the procedure Mike followed and gave videotapes to 12 students, how
many tapes did they have in their library?
November 16th 2010, 02:25 PM
Let x be the number of tapes before he gave some to Jeff. Then x - x/2 - 1/2 = 1. By going backwards this way, you can find the original number of tapes.
November 18th 2010, 05:45 PM
I don't follow here. Can you do this for me?
November 19th 2010, 01:13 AM
Let's suppose that Mike had x tapes before giving some to Jeff.
Originally Posted by RTC1996
Lastly, I gave 1/2 of my remaining videotapes (i.e., x/2 of x) and a 1/2 tape to Jeff.
After that, Mike had 1 tape, i.e., x - x/2 - 1/2 = 1.
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