Solving Word Problems with Variables on Both Sides

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SOLVING WORD PROBLEMS
WITH VARIABLES ON BOTH
SIDES
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Peter and Maggie each opened savings accounts on
the same day, intending to withdraw the money for
weekly expenses. Peter opened his account with
$710 and withdrew $35 per week. Maggie
opened her account with $570 and withdrew $25
weekly. In how many weeks will their accounts be
equal.
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Peter and Maggie each opened savings accounts on the same day, intending to
withdraw the money for weekly expenses. Peter opened his account with $710 and
withdrew $35 per week. Maggie opened her account with $570 and withdrew
$25 weekly. In how many weeks will their accounts be equal.
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710
- 35W = 570 - 25W
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(-570) + 35W =(-570) + 35W
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140
=
10W
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/10
=
/10
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14 WEEKS
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The Magic Carpet charges $90 for installation and
$9 per square yard of carpeting. The Carpeteria’s
installation price is $50 but the store charges $13
for each square yard. For what number of square
yards of carpeting will the cost, including
installation, be the same for both stores?
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The Magic Carpet charges $90 for installation and $9 per square yard of
carpeting. The Carpeteria’s installation price is $50 but the store charges $13 for
each square yard. For what number of square yards of carpeting will the cost,
including installation, be the same for both stores?
90 + 9y = 50 + 13y
(-50) - 9y = (-50) - 9y
40
=
4y
/4
=
/4
10 sq. yards of carpeting
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Prestige Car Rentals charges $44 per day plus 6¢
per mile to rent a mid-sized vehicle. Gateway Auto
charges $35 per day plus 9¢ per mile for the same
car. For what number of miles will both companies
charge the same price?
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Prestige Car Rentals charges $44 per day plus 6¢ per mile to rent a mid-sized
vehicle. Gateway Auto charges $35 per day plus 9¢ per mile for the same car.
For what number of miles will both companies charge the same price IF THE CAR IS
RENTED FOR ONLY ONE DAY?
44 + .06m = 35 + .09m
(-35) - .06m = (-35) - .06m
9
=
.03m
/.03
/.03
300 MILES
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Nancy has $250 in her savings account. She plans
to save $15 per week from her salary. Caty has
only $200 in her account but can save $20 a week
from her paycheck. How many weeks will it take
before the amount in each savings account is the
same?

Nancy has $250 in her savings account. She plans to save $15 per week from her
salary. Caty has only $200 in her account but can save $20 a week from her
paycheck. How many weeks will it take before the amount in each savings account
is the same?
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250 + 15w = 200 + 20w
(-200) - 15w = (-200) - 15w
50
=
5w
/5
/5
10 WEEKS
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A sales person in a stereo store is given a choice of
two different compensation plans. One plan offers
a weekly salary of $250 plus a commission of $25
for each stereo sold. The other plan offers no
salary but pays $50 commission on each stereo
sold. How many stereos must the sales person sell
to make the same amount of money under both
plans?
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A sales person in a stereo store is given a choice of two different compensation
plans. One plan offers a weekly salary of $250 plus a commission of $25 for each
stereo sold. The other plan offers no salary but pays $50 commission on each
stereo sold. How many stereos must the sales person sell to make the same amount
of money under both plans?
250 + 25s
- 25s
250
/25
10 STEREOS
= 50s
= -25s
= 25s
= /25
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