Kevin S. answered • 11/07/12

Sarah W.

asked • 11/07/12# word problem

At a pet hotel there are nightly loding rates. For small dogs $21, $26 for medium dogs, $31 for large dogs, and $14 for cats. One night there were 31 guest.

The guest included twice as many small dogs as medium dogs

Large dogs were the smallest number of animals in the hotel.

There were seven times as many cats as there were large dogs.

The hotel collected $598 in guest fees for the evening.

How many ofe ach kind and size of pet stayed at the hotel that night?

## 2 Answers By Expert Tutors

You can try guess-and-check approach. The problem says that "Large dogs were the smallest number of animals". Pick a small number (3 for example) for a number of large dogs. Use other pieses of information to find number of cats, medium dogs and small dogs. Then find the lodgin cost for all the animals. If found price is more then $598, reduce the number of large dogs; if it less then $598, increace the number of large dogs. Try again untill lodging price will be exacly $598. Good luck.

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Sarah W.

Thanks for your help!

11/08/12