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Sixty cookies were to be equally distributed to x campers. When 8 campers did not want the cookies, the other campers each received 2 more cookies. Which of the following equations could be used to find the number of campers x?
a. X^2-8X-240=0
b. X^2-8X+240=0

2. Originally Posted by Judi
Sixty cookies were to be equally distributed to x campers. When 8 campers did not want the cookies, the other campers each received 2 more cookies. Which of the following equations could be used to find the number of campers x?
a. X^2-8X-240=0
b. X^2-8X+240=0
Your first equation is correct

Malay

3. Hello, Judi!

I had to baby-talk my way through this one . . .

Sixty cookies were to be equally distributed to $x$ campers.
When 8 campers did not want the cookies, the other campers each received 2 more cookies.
Which of the following equations could be used to find the number of campers $x$ ?

$(a)\;\;x^2 - 8x - 240\:=\:0\qquad(b)\;\;x^2 - 8x + 240\:=\:0$

With $x$ campers, each got $\frac{60}{x}$ cookies each.

With $(x - 8)$ campers, each got $\left(\frac{60}{x} + 2\right)$ cookies each.

Since the number of cookies was 60: . $(x - 8)\left(\frac{60}{x} + 2\right)\;= \;60$

Multiply: . $60 + 2x - \frac{480}{x} - 16 \;= \;60$

Simplify: . $2x - 16 - \frac{480}{x}\;=\;0$

Multiply by $x:\;\;2x^2 - 16x - 480 \;= \;0$

Divide by $2:\;\;x^2 - 8x - 240 \;= \;0$ . . . answer choice (a)

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I just noticed . . .

The discriminant for equation (b) is: $(-8)^2 - 4(240)$ . . . negative!
. . So equation (b) has no real roots.

So the answer is $(a)$ . . . "by elimination"?

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