Lupe, who works at a fast food restaurant received $6.10 in tips one afternoon, all in quarters, dimes, and nickels. There were five less dimes than quarters and seven less nickels than dimes. How many of each kind of coin was there?
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Let's choose variables.
Let n = number of nickels
Let d = number of dimes
Let q = number of quarters
Since a nickel is worth $0.05, a dime $0.10 and a quarter $0.25, the total value of the coins is
0.05n + 0.10d + 0.25q = 6.10
Now we can get two other equations using the information we are given.
"There were five less dimes than quarters" means
d = q - 5
"seven less nickels than dimes" means
n = d - 7
Now we have a system of equations in three variables that we can solve.