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January 20th, 2014, 12:55 PM   #1
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help required with word problem linear equation

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The Red cross wants to airlift supplies into a south american country which has experienced an earth quake.Four types of supplies each of which would be shipped in containers are being considered.One container of a particular item weighs 120,300,250 and 500 pounds respectively for four items. if the airplane to be used has a weight capacity of 60.000 pounds and xj equals the number of containers shipped into item j.

a] Determine the equation which ensures that the plane will be loaded to its weight capacity.

b] if it is decided to devote this plane to one supply item only, how many containers could be shipped of each item?
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January 20th, 2014, 01:32 PM   #2
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120i + 300j + 250m + 500n = 60000.
a) i,j,m,n are the numbers for each item.
b) divide 60000 by the weight for the item and drop fraction.
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what do you mean by the [b] part kindly elaborate...thanks
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Got it Thanks for help .
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