Math Problem for Homework, HELP PLEASE

@gabbymg (128)
United States
December 1, 2010 8:36pm CST
I have to figure out this problem and I'm terrible with problem solving! Basically I have to figure out the answer but also come up with a few different ways of solving it and then modify or extend the problem for students. As of right now I have the method of using a table and using an equation. I'm not sure if I'm right though! Any help would be fantastic :) Of 6,000 apples harvested, every third apple was too small, every fourth apple was too green, and every tenth apple was bruised. The remaining apples were perfect. How many apples were too small, too green, bruised or perfect? What if n apples were harvested?
2 responses
• United States
2 Dec 10
Sounds simple. The way I would do it is by multiplying each portion in the form of percentage to the total and whatever comes out is the partial numbers of each. What do you mean by "What if n apples were harvested?"?
@gabbymg (128)
• United States
2 Dec 10
I think I figured out the n apples part, basically if you have a missing term you need to find. For example find n in the solution n + 2 = 9, that sort of thing. And as far as you go with the multiplying each portion, do you mean 1/3(6000) = 2000?
• United States
2 Dec 10
yeah that is what I'm saying. You got it. So the thing you are looking for is what is left? So n is what is left after excluding those mentioned(too small, too green, and bruised)?
@lady1993 (16074)
• Philippines
2 Dec 10
I think...based from what I've understood.. 1/3 of the apples were too small (2000), 1/4 of the apples were too green (1500) and 1/10 were bruised (600) .So the remaining apples would be (2000+1500+600) would be 4100.. YUM You just have to make an equation using the fractions..