To calculate how much pizza we would need, I estimated that there would be 50 middle school students and 30 elementary students, based on usual attendance at these events. I also estimated that the middle school students would eat on average 3 pieces of pizza and the elementary students would eat 2 on average. I was going to order the pizza from Papa John's, which is 8 slices per pizza. To calculate how much pizza the event would need, I did:

50 (3) + 30 (2) = 8n where n = the number of pizzas to order.

So, I figured that because 210 individual slices would be needed and divided this by 8,

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