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Problem 1 Loius has a number of double leg table and triple leg table for sales.

There are 27 table tops and 60 table legs all together. Determine how many double leg table and triple leg table are there.

Answer: Step 1: Understand the problem Each double legs table has 2 table legs Each triple legs table has 3 table legs 1 double legs table = 1 table top 1 triple legs table = 1 table top There are 27 table top = no. of double legs table + no. of triple legs table

Step 2: Devise a plan Strategy 1 : Construct a table Strategy 2 : Draw a diagram

Step 3: Carry out the plan Strategy 1 : Construct a table No. of double leg table 15 16 17 21 No. of triple leg table 12 11 10 6 No. of table legs (15 2)+(12 3)=66 (16 2)+(11 3)=65 (17 2)+(10 3)=64 (21 2)+(6 3) =60

Therefore, the answer is 21 double legs table and 6 triple legs table.

Step 4: Looking backward

Strategy 2: Draw a diagram First, draw all the 27 tables without leg.

Then add a leg to each table.

When it reaches to the 27th table, repeat back until there are 60 table legs. Note: each circle is a table top and each leg is a table leg.

The purple circle The red circle

is the double legs table. is the triple legs table.

There are 21 diagrams of double legs table and 6 diagrams of triple legs table.

Hence, the answer is correct. There are all together 27 table tops and 60 table legs where 21 of it are double legs table and 6 of it are triple legs table.