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Gisele has $5.90 in quarters and nickels. If she has 16 more nickels than quarters, how many quarters does she have?

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Let's say Gisele has x quarters. Then she has (x + 16) nickels.
 
We can express her total in change as:
 
0.25x + 0.05(x + 16) = 5.90
 
25x + 5(x + 16) = 590
 
25x + 5x + 80 = 590
 
30x + 80 = 590
 
30x = 510
 
x = 17
 
Gisele has 17 quarters and 17 + 16 = 33 nickels