# SOLUTION: When Tristan visits Isolde on Valentine's Day, he's planning to bring her a one pound box of chocolates. He knows that when they share a one pound box of chocolates, it usually las

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 Question 27313: When Tristan visits Isolde on Valentine's Day, he's planning to bring her a one pound box of chocolates. He knows that when they share a one pound box of chocolates, it usually lasts for two weeks. When he eats a one pound box of chocolates on his own it lasts for six weeks. How long should a one pound box of chocolates last if Isolde eats it alone? Remember to explain how you solved the problem and show how you know you are correct. Note: Assume they don't eat faster or slower when they are alone.Answer by bmauger(101)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!For this problem, we set up two variables, "t" is the rate (in boxes/week) that Tristan eats and "s" is the rate (boxes/week) that Isolde eats. We know that rate (boxes/week) times time (weeks) gives the number of boxes eaten. So if "they share a box it last for two weeks" means that they're both contributing their rates (s & t) for two weeks (2) and in that time eating one (1) box, or: The other equation says that "he eats a box of chocolates in 6 weeks" or: which rearranges to: Substituting into the first equation: So she's her "eating rate" is 1/3 boxes/week, so she will finish a box of candy alone in 3 weeks.