Rachel has 42 blank audio cassettes, all of which are either 60 or 90 minutes long. If Rachel has less than 57 hours total of blank tape, how many 90 minutes tapes does she have?

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First, convert everything to hours. The cassettes are either 1 or 1.5 hours long. Say the number of long cassettes is *x* and the number of short ones is *y*.

*x* + *y* = 42

1.5*x* + 1*y* < 57

Substitute:

*y* = 42 – *x*

1.5*x* + (42 – *x*) < 57

0.5*x* + 42 < 57

0.5*x* < 15

*x* < 30