A man has 25 coins in his pocket, all of which are dimes and quarters. If the total value of his change is 370 cents, how many dimes and how many quarters does he have? x = number of quarters 25  x = number of dimes {there are a total of 25 coins} 25x + 10(25  x) = 370 {value of coin multiplied by number of coins equals total value} 25x + 250  10x = 370 {used distributive property} 15x + 250 = 370 {combined like terms} 15x = 120 {subtracted 250 from each side} x = 8 {divided each side by 15} 25  x = 17 {substituted 8, in for x, into 25  x} 8 quarters 17 dimes unless there is, at least, 1 hole in a pocket  Algebra House
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