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Question from Bronwen, a student:

Tim sells 6 times as many oranges as apples. If he sell 490 in total one morning, how many of each type were sold?

Hi Bronwen,

If you had all 490 pieces of fruit that Tim sold you could organize them in piles, each pile having 6 oranges and 1 apple. Each pile would then have 7 pieces of fruit. How many piles would you have? How many apples? How many oranges?


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