Mindy and troy combined ate 9 pieces of the wedding cake. Mindy ate 3 pieces of cake and troy had 1/4 of the total cake. Write an equation to determine how many pieces of cake (c) that were in total

Let c be the total number of pieces of cake. Let m be the number of pieces Mindy ate. Let t be the number of pieces Troy ate. We have the following given equations:

3 + 1/4c = 9

Subtract 3 from each side:

1/4c = 6

Cross multiply:

Let c be the total number of pieces of cake. Let m be the number of pieces Mindy ate. Let t be the number of pieces Troy ate. We have the following given equations:

- m + t = 9
- m = 3
- t = 1/4c

3 + 1/4c = 9

Subtract 3 from each side:

1/4c = 6

Cross multiply:

**c = 24**

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