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 December 12th, 2010, 06:05 PM #1 Member   Joined: Sep 2010 Posts: 45 Thanks: 0 Please solve this simple equation Please solve and show each step you did to solve x+0.08x=37.80
 December 12th, 2010, 06:27 PM #2 Senior Member     Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,211 Thanks: 521 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs Re: Please solve this simple equation You are given: $x+0.08x=37.80$ Factor the left side, since each term has a common x: $x(1+0.0=37.80" /> Carry out the indicated addition within the parentheses: $x(1.0=37.80" /> Divide both sides by 1.08 $x=35$ That's probably how you are expected to do it. If I was going to do it, I would get rid of the decimal representations in favor of rational representations. $x+\frac{2}{25}x=\frac{189}{5}$ Combine like terms on left side: $\frac{27}{25}x=\frac{189}{5}$ Multiply though by $\frac{25}{27}$ : $x=\frac{25\cdot189}{5\cdot27}=\frac{3^3\cdot5^2\cd ot7}{3^3\cdot5}=\frac{5\cdot7}{1}=35$

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