b + 2b + 3b = 181.5

6b = 181.5

b = 30.25

Baby eats 30 1/4 pounds. Mom eats 60 1 /2 pounds. Dad eats 90 3/4 pounds.

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asked • 10/08/16 The male panda eats three times as much as the baby.

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b + 2b + 3b = 181.5

6b = 181.5

b = 30.25

Baby eats 30 1/4 pounds. Mom eats 60 1 /2 pounds. Dad eats 90 3/4 pounds.

First, notice that the amounts that the female panda and the male panda eat are presented in terms of how much the baby eats. So, let x = amount baby eats.

Then amount female eats = 2x

amount male eats = 3x

Together that is x + 2x + 3x = 6x

Second, you now have the option of dividing 6 into 181 1/2 pounds to determine x (because 6x = 181 1/2) or else converting the mixed fraction into an improper fraction first (because 6x = 363/2).

6x = 363/2

x = 363/12 [divide both sides by 10]

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