Math problem help please

label Mathematics
account_circle Unassigned
schedule 1 Day
account_balance_wallet $5

Alexandra earns $125 from her paper route each month but she spends about & 20 each 0n personal expenses s. To pay for her school trip that cost

$800, about how many months will it take her to save enough money for the trip. Explain?

Oct 3rd, 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to help you with your question! Hope your day is going well!

Let's write down what we know:

We know Alexandra earns $124 from her paper route each month.

We know that veronica needs to work x amount of months. So let's call x=the number of months.

We know that she spends 20 dollars every month on personal expenses.

We know that her school trip is $800 dollars.

Our equation will take the form of solving for the amount of months by the following.


To make sure we have our equation right, let's do an example of month 1.



This is logical since we would have gained 124 dollars but lost 20 of it..So in other words 104 dollars is the profit every month.

So, let's look at our original equation.

800=124x-20x (we need to solve for x) First let's simplify the right hand side

800=104x  (divide by 104 from both sides)


Since we can have a fractional month, we round up.


Therefore, Alexandra has to save for 8 months to have enough for her trip.

If you wanted to think about it in a different way:

You notice that she gains 124 dollars every months, but spends 20 of it every month too. So you could subtract the two numbers and get


So she earns 104 per month. You can still have x=the number of months, and so 104x=800. (it is just quicker way of getting to the solution).

Please let me know if you need any clarification. I'm always happy to answer your questions.
Sep 16th, 2015

Did you know? You can earn $20 for every friend you invite to Studypool!
Click here to
Refer a Friend
Oct 3rd, 2015
Oct 3rd, 2015
Oct 23rd, 2017
Mark as Final Answer
Unmark as Final Answer
Final Answer

Secure Information

Content will be erased after question is completed.

Final Answer