# SOLUTION: Elliot paid \$1.50 a dozen for some flowers. he sold all but 5 dozen of them for \$2 a dozen, making a profit of \$18. how many dozen flowers did he buy?

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 Question 161109: Elliot paid \$1.50 a dozen for some flowers. he sold all but 5 dozen of them for \$2 a dozen, making a profit of \$18. how many dozen flowers did he buy?Found 2 solutions by vleith, checkley77:Answer by vleith(2825)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Let X be the number of dozen he bought. Then (X-5) is the number of dozen he sold. He bought 56 dozen and sold 51 of them. That's a lot of flowers and not a lot of profit :( Answer by checkley77(12569)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!1.50x=2(x-5)-18 1.50x=2x-10-18 1.5x-2x=-28 -.5x=-28 x=-28/-.5 x=56 dozen roses were bought. Proof: 1.50*56=2(56-5)-18 84=2*51-18 84=102-18 84=84