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April 25th, 2017, 11:01 PM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Jan 2017 From: US Posts: 111 Thanks: 6  Rational Expression Questions
Ok, everyone! Here are 5 questions about Rational Expression in Algebra.. answer what you want, don't answer what you don't want And if you only provide equations, or how to set the problems up, that works too! And thanks in advance! 1) Two savings accounts pay interest rates that differ by 1%. Equal amounts of money were invested in each account for a year. One account returns \$200 in interest and the other returns \$225. What is the higher interest rate? 2) A woman rides a unicorn 5 mph faster than she can ride a bicycle. She rides the unicorn 24 miles and rides a bicycle back in 11 hrs. About how fast does she ride the bicycle? (Because, you know, they are busy teaching me about practical applications of algebra in real life.. ) 3) A black lab that can doggie paddle 3 mph in still water, paddles 10 miles downstream. Assuming the dog doesn't drown, he returns upstream in a total of 12 hours. Find the speed of the current. 4) Two certificates of deposit pay interest rates that differ by 4%. For the first CD, the money is invested for a year and earns \$480 interest. For the second CD the same amount of money invested earns \$800 in a year. What is the interest rate of the first CD account (rounded to the nearest tenth)? 5) Two savings accounts pay interest rates that differ by 1%. Equal amounts of money were invested in each account for a year. One account returns \$200 in interest and the other returns \$225. What is the lower interest rate? Last edited by skipjack; April 26th, 2017 at 01:08 AM. 
April 25th, 2017, 11:52 PM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2016 From: Australia Posts: 1,597 Thanks: 546 Math Focus: Yet to find out. 
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April 26th, 2017, 08:59 AM  #3  
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April 26th, 2017, 09:50 PM  #4 
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(1). The wording "the other returns \$225" was probably intended to mean "the other returns \$225 in interest". The given amounts differ by \$25, which is 1% of \$2500. The higher returned amount of interest is \$225, which is 9% of \$2500.

April 30th, 2017, 06:40 PM  #5 
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Thanks everyone! Your help is much appreciated! (And for the record, I agree with your thoughts on fractions, Country Boy )


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