SAT – systems of equations

Q: A phone call costs c cents for the first 10 minutes and n cents per minute for additional minutes. A 20-minute phone call costs 50 cents, and a 40-minute phone call costs 90 cents. What is the value of c?
 
Answer: 30
Explanation:  A 20-minute call costs c cents for the first 10 minutes and n cents per minute for each of the next 10 minutes.  So, c+10n=50.  A 40-minute call costs c cents for the first 10 minutes and n cents per minute for each of the next 30 minutes: c+30n=90.  Solve this system of equations.  Use my TI-84 Plus program CRAMER or an algebraic method such as substitution, elimination, Cramer’s Rule, etc.  c=30.
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Algebra 1, 2 – systems of equations

Q: 100 people are to be seated at 22 tables. Some tables seat 4 people and some seat 6 people. If no seats are empty, how many tables seating 4 people are there?
 
Answer: 16
Explanation:  Solve the system: x + y = 22; 4x + 6y = 100.  My ‘CRAMER’ program will solve this for you! The number of 4-person tables is the x-value of the solution.
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Algebra 1 – distance

Q: To the nearest tenth, what is the distance between the points (-6,2) and (6,5)?
 
Answer:  12.4 
(Use the distance formula, and round to the nearest tenth.)
My TI-84 Plus program DISTANCE will find this value.
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Algebra 1, 2 – systems of equations

Two cubes and one pyramid weigh 9 lb. Seven cubes and two pyramids weigh 24 lb. All cubes weigh the same, and all pyramids weigh the same. What is the weight of one pyramid?

 
Answer: 5 lb

Explanation:  Let x be the weight of a cube.  Let y be the weight of a pyramid. 

The first sentence becomes: 2x + y = 9. 

The second sentence is: 7x + 2y = 24. 

Solve this as a system of equations by any method you choose… substitution, elimination, Cramer’s Rule, etc.  Or use my TI-84 Plus program ‘CRAMER’.

x = 2, y = 5

‘y’ is the weight of one pyramid, so the answer is 5.

 

 

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Algebra 2 – solving quadratic equations

Q: The length of a rectangle is 4 cm longer than the width. If the rectangle’s area is 45 cm², what is the width?

Answer: 5 cm

Explanation:  Call the width x.  Then, the length is x+4.

Area of a rectangle = (length)(width).

45 = x(x+4)

45 = x² + 4x

0 = x² + 4x – 45

Now, factor:

0 = (x + 9)(x – 5)

x = -9 or x = 5

Since a length can’t be negative, discard x = -9.  The only solution is x = 5.  Since ‘x’ is what we called the width, it is the answer to the question.  Just put the appropriate unit on it: 5 cm.

 

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