Ms. Patel spent $34 to buy a total of 10 packs of M&Ms and paper clips for her students. If the M&M bags were $3 and the paper clips were $4, how many of each did she buy?
Use the elimination method to solve for the variables
First set up your equations with the information you're given:
Multiply the second line by
Now add the equations together (the
Now plug this value into the original equation to get your