I'm trying to find some online questions and training material related to this sort of question. It's not something that I can identify the name of:

A raffle has these prizes (ending 00 @ £12, ending 5 at £1.5), and tickets cost 50p. If all the winning tickets from 750 are sold (and some non-winning tickets), the total profit is £650. How many non-winning tickets were sold?

The solution goes along the lines of

  1. calculate total winning tickets
  2. calculate total prize money from #tickets
  3. calculate total revenue
  4. calculate total # tickets
  5. subtract willing tickets
  6. final answer.

I understand how to solve this specific problem, but is it a standard type of question, or just a one-off type of question? I'm hoping that there is a simple strategy for explaining this sort of question.

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    $\begingroup$ Is there any information missing from the sample question you posted? It would be helpful to see the entire thing. With the current information I would guess that this is a "solving a system of equations" type word problem. $\endgroup$ May 30, 2017 at 20:51
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    $\begingroup$ Probably not any named category of problem. Just adding and multiplying (or rather, their inverses). $\endgroup$ May 30, 2017 at 21:05
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    $\begingroup$ I agree with Gareth, this sounds like a system of equations word problem but it's hard to tell for sure without seeing the entire thing. $\endgroup$
    – user6648
    May 31, 2017 at 14:49
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    $\begingroup$ I agree with Gareth Shepherd and tilper --- it's an application of simultaneous linear equations problem at the high school level. $\endgroup$ May 31, 2017 at 15:39
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    $\begingroup$ @SeanHoulihane I mean that I literally do not understand the phrasing; of course, I cannot say anything substantive about "finding more similar questions" without grasping the original problem. I do not mean to be dense, pedantic, etc: But I do not understand the problem in its earlier or edited phrasing, and, therefore, I do not know how to solve it or how to address related questions. $\endgroup$ Jun 9, 2017 at 21:33

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Answering the indirect question:

http://www.math-aids.com/ generates practice questions at a range of levels.

I haven't identified which (if any) sheets you want, but then I'm not entirely sure what you consider equivalent to the original question.

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    $\begingroup$ Close. 'Mixed operations with key phrases word problems' seems to show a simpler level of this sort of question. My example is effectively 3 linked questions of the form your link shows - where the intermediate stages need to be identified in order to answer the question. $\endgroup$ Jun 11, 2017 at 9:06

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