The Bacon Sandwich Example

You are making a load of bacon sandwiches. Each uses 2 slices of bread and 3 rashers of bacon.

You buy 3 loaves of bread, each containing 24 slices, and 8 packs of bacon, each containing 16 rashers.

How many sandwiches can you make?

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Bread

  • 3 loaves x 24 slices = 72 slices
  • 2 slices per sandwich gives 72/2 = 36 sandwiches, based on bread.

Bacon

  • 8 packs x 16 rashers = 128 rashers
  • 3 rashers per sandwich gives 128/3 = 42.67 sandwiches based on bacon.

So, as the amount of sandwiches that can made is limited by the bread, 36 sandwiches is the answer.

The bread is equivalent to the MPE in the ration, the bacon like the MPN.

  1. Have I got enough bread to meet my needs? Do I need 36 sandwiches, or have I too much/little. (cf have I enough MPE to meet the requirements)
  2. Have I enough bacon or over supplied it? (cf too much excess MPN)
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