## A distributor needs to mix some Terraza coffee that normally sells for \$9.00 per pound with some Kona coffee that normally sells for \$13.50

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A distributor needs to mix some Terraza coffee that normally sells for \$9.00 per pound with some Kona coffee that normally sells for \$13.50 per pound to create 50 pounds of a mix that can sell for \$9.54 per pound. How many pounds of each kind of coffee should they mix?

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1 year 2021-08-31T14:44:50+00:00 1 Answers 0 views 0

Step-by-step explanation:

Mixture problems are really easy because the table never varies from one problem to another and they don’t have a lot of variations in them like motion problems do. The table for us will look like this, using T for Terraza coffee and K for Kona:

#lbs     x       \$/lb       =         Total

T

K

Mix

Now we just have to fill this table in using the info given. We are told that T coffee is \$9 per pound, and that K coffee is \$13.50 per pound, so we will fill that in first:

#lbs        x        \$/lb       =        Total

T                                           9

K                                         13.50

Mix

Next we are told that the mix is to be 50 pounds that will sell for \$9.54 per pound

#lbs      x       \$/lb        =        Total

T                                         9

K                                       13.50

Mix              50                 9.54

Now the last thing we have to have to fill in this table is what goes in the first column in rows 1 and 2. If we need a mix of 50 pounds of both coffees and we don’t know how many pounds of each to use, then under T we have x and under K we have 50 – x. Notice along the top we have that the method to use to solve this problem is to multiply the #lbs by the cost per pound, and that is equal to the Total. So we’ll do that too:

#lbs       x       \$/lb      =      Total

T                   x        x          9         =        9x

K             50 – x      x       13.50     =    675 – 13.50x

Mix            50        x         9.54     =     477

The last column is the one we focus on. We add the total of T to the total of K and set it equal to the total Mix:

9x + 675 – 13.5x = 477 and

-4.5x = -198 so

x = 44 pounds. This means that the distributor needs to mix 44 pounds of T coffee with 6 pounds of K coffee to get the mix he wants and to sell that mix for \$9.54 per pound.