• anonymous
Using elimination, write and solve an equation for the following word problem: The owners of the Riverview Restaurant have hired enough servers to handle 17 tables of customers, and the fire marshal has approved the building for a limit of 56 customers. How many two-seat tables and four-seat tables should the owners purchase?
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  • anonymous
Given the assumption that the restaurant wants to maximize seating, you want to use the most number of 4-seat tables. Max customers = 56 max tables = 17 2x + 4y = 56 I'd set 4y = 56 and solve getting y = 14. This would maximize tables and leave 3 extra servers that otherwise would be working 2 customer tables that are less profitable. So the restaurant should purchase 0 2 seat tables and 14 4 seat tables unless you are required to purchase 17 tables. In which case i'll analyze it further if you want
  • radar
Problem states to solve using elimination. Let x = number of two seat tables. Let y = number of 4 seat tables EQUATION 1. x+y = 17 Tables (Given) Now lets form the equation for the total people which is allowed to be 56. 2x +4y = 56 (two per x, the number of 2 seat tables and 4 per y the 4 seat tables. x + y = 17 (Equation 1 from above) x + 2y = 28 This is the people equation divided through by 2 subtract to eliminate. 0 -y= -11, then y the 4 seater tables is 11, the two seater tables would then be 17-11=6. Follow it. Check it.

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