Systems of Equations
Use the activity below to explore the relationship between the candies/nuts mixture problem:
A grocer wants to create a 20 kg mixture of candies and nuts that sells for $10.50/kg. How many kilograms of each should he use if the candies sell for $8.50/kg and the nuts sell for $13.50/kg?
and a system of linear equations in two variables:
C + N = 20
8.50C + 13.50N = 10.50(20)
- Move the mixture weight slider.
- Notice how the problem statement and the linear system change.
- Also, notice how the graph and the solution change.
- Move the cost of candies slider. Notice the changes.
- Move the cost of nuts slider. Notice the changes.
- What part of the problem does the first equation represent?
- What part of the problem does the second equation represent?