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Question:A fruit seller had sum oranges wich were 2 be sold. 3 customers came 2 her for buyin' those oranges n after dat she was left wid no oranges. She sold half d no. of the oranges she had plus half an orange 2 the first customer . The same pattern was followed for rest of the 2 customers. Tell the original no. of oranges with the fruit seller.!

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Does my answer need to be in half-intelligible IM-speak as well? :P

Well let's define the original number of oranges the seller had as a variable--x.

So she sold (x/2)+0.5 oranges to the first customer, (x/2 +0.5)/2 + 0.5 to the second customer, and ((x/2 + 0.5)/2 + 0.5)/2 + 0.5 to the third customer. All of these should sum up to x, the total number of oranges that the seller has.

Let's expand this equation out:

x/2 + 0.5 + x/4 + 0.25 + 0.5 + x/8 + 0.125 + 0.25 + 0.5 = x

Now combine the x terms on the left side, and find a common denominator of 8

(4x + 2x + x)/8 + (0.5 + 0.25 + 0.5 + 0.125 + 0.25 + 0.5) = x

Bring the x to the other side and factor into the equation:

(4x + 2x + x - 8x)/8 + 2.125 = 0

Combine x's, and move the 2.125 to the other side:

-x/8 = -2.125

So multiply by 8, and you have the original number of oranges:

x = 17

The fruit seller had 17 oranges to start out with.

It is very annoying trying to read what you wrote, you know there is a spell check button.
You could get more help if you had spelled things right. I really can't take the time to figure out what you are saying. Sorry.
A fruit seller had some oranges which were to be sold. Three customers came to her for buying those oranges, and after that, she was left with no oranges. She sold half the number of the oranges she had plus half an orange to the first customer. The same pattern was followed for the other two customers. State the original number of oranges the fruit seller had.


First of all, if the way you typed the problem is the way that you read it to yourself in your mind, no wonder you cannot possibly grasp the concepts of math. It is impossible to read something the way you have written it and even understand what it is asking, which is why I had to type it out for myself. So, do yourself a favor by speaking the language the correct way.

Now, back to the problem.


Since we do not know how many oranges the seller began with, we say that she had "x" oranges.

Customer 1: (1/2x + .5)
Customer 2: (1/2x + .5) / 2 + 0.5
Customer 3: (1/2x + .5) / 2 + 0.5 / 2 + 0.5

You set the above to equal "x," the unknown number of oranges the seller has.

1/2x + .5 + 1/4x + .25 + .5 + 1/8x + .125 + .25 + .5 = x

1/8x = 2.125

8(1/8x) = 8(2.125)

x = 17

And, just to make sure, let's check our answer...

1/8(17) = 2.125 ?


So, the correct answer would be that the seller started out with a total of 17 oranges.

Hope this helps! ;-)
i think they started out with 17 oranges. I worked this out through guess and check method.

17 to start with.
customer one takes half plus half of an orange...9
customer two takes half of the 9 plus half an orange.5
customer three takes half of the 5 plus half an orange.3
9+5+3= 17

acutally i think im wrong now...but am posting anyway. might give you part of the answer or at least another way of looking at it. the problem is that if she gave the first person 9 then she would only have 8 left which half of is not 5. sorry

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