Katelyn bought 6 pineapples and 2 peppers which altogether cost £50.
On another occasion she bought 5 pineapples and 4 peppers which cost £51.
Assume the cost of pineapples and peppers stays the same. How much does one pineapple cost? How much does one pepper cost?
Hint: The answers are whole numbers.
Topics: Starter  Algebra  Problem Solving  Simultaneous Equations
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