#
Problem
of the Week

Problem
A and Solution

How
Many Plants?

## Problem

Last year, POTW Farms grew watermelons. They used two different sizes
of garden plots: single garden plots and double garden plots. In a
single plot they grew one watermelon plant, and in a double plot they
grew two watermelon plants. This year, they are planning to grow
cantaloupes instead of watermelons. In each single plot they will grow
five cantaloupe plants and in each double plot they will grow ten
cantaloupe plants. The farm has \(14\)
single plots and \(26\) double
plots.

How many watermelon plants did the farm grow last year?

How many cantaloupe plants are they expecting to grow this
year?

## Solution

Since each double plot contained two watermelon plants, there
were \(2 \times 26 = 52\) watermelon
plants in the double plots. This means there were a total of \(14 + 52 = 66\) watermelon plants.

Since they expect to grow \(5\) cantaloupe plants in each single plot,
they expect to grow \(5 \times 14 =
70\) cantaloupe plants in the single plots. Since they expect to
grow \(10\) cantaloupe plants in each
double plot, they expect to grow \(10 \times
26 = 260\) cantaloupe plants in the double plots. This means POTW
Farms is expecting to grow \(70 + 260 =
330\) cantaloupe plants.