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Oct 3rd, 2015

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There are 12 softball players.

There is a $572 registration fee and $1,240 dollars for equipment.

Let's add these two totals together.


Since there are 12 softball players, we need to multiply that cost by 12

12 x 1812=$21,744

Thus the total amount of money the players need to raise is $21,744.

The players held a car wash and were able to raise $786 dollars towards the cost

They plan to sell candles, priced at $9.50. They want to know how many candles they need to sell to raise enough money for everybody to play. So, let's call x the number of candles.

We now have enough information to set up the equation we need to solve for the number of candles.

The raised money=total money

Since we not know how many candles they need to sell, we multiply 9.50 by x. Thus we have the following equation.


Let's solve for x

9.50x+786=21744   (subtract 786 from both sides)

9.50x=20,958 (divide by 9.50)


Since we cannot have a part of a candle, we need to round up to 2,207 candles each.

to check we have the right answer, we need to substitute 2207 in for x.

9.50(2207)+786=21,752.5 (which will in fact cover the cost of the whole team).

Therefore, each player must sell 2,207 candles to cover the full cost.

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