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Part 3: Maria's Mantillas. Maria plans to make two different kinds of mantillas (veils), some out of lace and some out of a sheer cotton fabric. She also plans to make two sizes of mantillas, one size for women and one size for young girls. She has 150 yards of the lace fabric and 200 yards of the cotton fabric. She will need 2 yards of either fabric for the smaller mantilla and 3.5 yards of either fabric for the larger mantillas. Set up two equations to solve for the number of each mantilla Maria can make from each type.

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Suppose x = Number of small size mantillas that Maria makes and y = Number of large size mantillas that she makes.

Since every small size mantilla needs 2 yards of lace and every ...

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