Intermediate Algebra 2e

# 2.2Use a Problem Solving Strategy

Intermediate Algebra 2e2.2 Use a Problem Solving Strategy

## Learning Objectives

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

• Use a problem solving strategy for word problems
• Solve number word problems
• Solve percent applications
• Solve simple interest applications

## Be Prepared 2.4

Before you get started, take this readiness quiz.

Translate “six less than twice x” into an algebraic expression.
If you missed this problem, review Example 1.8.

## Be Prepared 2.5

Convert 4.5% to a decimal.
If you missed this problem, review Example 1.40.

## Be Prepared 2.6

Convert 0.6 to a percent.
If you missed this problem, review Example 1.40.

Have you ever had any negative experiences in the past with word problems? When we feel we have no control, and continue repeating negative thoughts, we set up barriers to success. Realize that your negative experiences with word problems are in your past. To move forward you need to calm your fears and change your negative feelings.

Start with a fresh slate and begin to think positive thoughts. Repeating some of the following statements may be helpful to turn your thoughts positive. Thinking positive thoughts is a first step towards success.

I think I can! I think I can!

While word problems were hard in the past, I think I can try them now.

I am better prepared now—I think I will begin to understand word problems.

I am able to solve equations because I practiced many problems and I got help when I needed it—I can try that
with word problems.

It may take time, but I can begin to solve word problems.

You are now well prepared and you are ready to succeed. If you take control and believe you can be successful, you will be able to master word problems.

## Use a Problem Solving Strategy for Word Problems

Now that we can solve equations, we are ready to apply our new skills to word problems. We will develop a strategy we can use to solve any word problem successfully.

## Example 2.14

Normal yearly snowfall at the local ski resort is 12 inches more than twice the amount it received last season. The normal yearly snowfall is 62 inches. What was the snowfall last season at the ski resort?

## Try It 2.27

Guillermo bought textbooks and notebooks at the bookstore. The number of textbooks was three more than twice the number of notebooks. He bought seven textbooks. How many notebooks did he buy?

## Try It 2.28

Gerry worked Sudoku puzzles and crossword puzzles this week. The number of Sudoku puzzles he completed is eight more than twice the number of crossword puzzles. He completed 22 Sudoku puzzles. How many crossword puzzles did he do?

We summarize an effective strategy for problem solving.

## How To

### Use a Problem Solving Strategy for word problems.

1. Step 1. Read the problem. Make sure all the words and ideas are understood.
2. Step 2. Identify what you are looking for.
3. Step 3. Name what you are looking for. Choose a variable to represent that quantity.
4. Step 4. Translate into an equation. It may be helpful to restate the problem in one sentence with all the important information. Then, translate the English sentence into an algebra equation.
5. Step 5. Solve the equation using proper algebra techniques.
6. Step 6. Check the answer in the problem to make sure it makes sense.
7. Step 7. Answer the question with a complete sentence.

## Solve Number Word Problems

We will now apply the problem solving strategy to “number word problems.” Number word problems give some clues about one or more numbers and we use these clues to write an equation. Number word problems provide good practice for using the Problem Solving Strategy.

## Example 2.15

The sum of seven times a number and eight is thirty-six. Find the number.

## Try It 2.29

The sum of four times a number and two is fourteen. Find the number.

## Try It 2.30

The sum of three times a number and seven is twenty-five. Find the number.

Some number word problems ask us to find two or more numbers. It may be tempting to name them all with different variables, but so far, we have only solved equations with one variable. In order to avoid using more than one variable, we will define the numbers in terms of the same variable. Be sure to read the problem carefully to discover how all the numbers relate to each other.

## Example 2.16

The sum of two numbers is negative fifteen. One number is nine less than the other. Find the numbers.

## Try It 2.31

The sum of two numbers is negative twenty-three. One number is seven less than the other. Find the numbers.

## Try It 2.32

The sum of two numbers is negative eighteen. One number is forty more than the other. Find the numbers.

Some number problems involve consecutive integers. Consecutive integers are integers that immediately follow each other. Examples of consecutive integers are:

$1,2,3,4−10,−9,−8,−7150,151,152,1531,2,3,4−10,−9,−8,−7150,151,152,153$

Notice that each number is one more than the number preceding it. Therefore, if we define the first integer as n, the next consecutive integer is $n+1.n+1.$ The one after that is one more than $n+1,n+1,$ so it is $n+1+1,n+1+1,$ which is $n+2.n+2.$

$n1stintegern+12ndconsecutive integern+23rdconsecutive integeretc.n1stintegern+12ndconsecutive integern+23rdconsecutive integeretc.$

We will use this notation to represent consecutive integers in the next example.

## Example 2.17

Find three consecutive integers whose sum is $−54.−54.$

## Try It 2.33

Find three consecutive integers whose sum is $−96.−96.$

## Try It 2.34

Find three consecutive integers whose sum is $−36.−36.$

Now that we have worked with consecutive integers, we will expand our work to include consecutive even integers and consecutive odd integers. Consecutive even integers are even integers that immediately follow one another. Examples of consecutive even integers are:

$24, 26, 2824, 26, 28$
$−12,−10,−8−12,−10,−8$

Notice each integer is two more than the number preceding it. If we call the first one n, then the next one is $n+2.n+2.$ The one after that would be $n+2+2n+2+2$ or $n+4.n+4.$

$n1steven integern+22ndconsecutive even integern+43rdconsecutive even integeretc.n1steven integern+22ndconsecutive even integern+43rdconsecutive even integeretc.$

Consecutive odd integers are odd integers that immediately follow one another. Consider the consecutive odd integers 63, 65, and 67.

$63, 65, 6763, 65, 67$
$n,n+2,n+4n,n+2,n+4$
$n1stodd integern+22ndconsecutive odd integern+43rdconsecutive odd integeretc.n1stodd integern+22ndconsecutive odd integern+43rdconsecutive odd integeretc.$

Does it seem strange to have to add two (an even number) to get the next odd number? Do we get an odd number or an even number when we add 2 to 3? to 11? to 47?

Whether the problem asks for consecutive even numbers or odd numbers, you do not have to do anything different. The pattern is still the same—to get to the next odd or the next even integer, add two.

## Example 2.18

Find three consecutive even integers whose sum is $120120$.

## Try It 2.35

Find three consecutive even integers whose sum is 102.

## Try It 2.36

Find three consecutive even integers whose sum is $−24.−24.$

When a number problem is in a real life context, we still use the same strategies that we used for the previous examples.

## Example 2.19

A married couple together earns $110,000 a year. The wife earns$16,000 less than twice what her husband earns. What does the husband earn?

## Try It 2.37

According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, the average cost of a car in 2014 was $28,400. This was$1,600 less than six times the cost in 1975. What was the average cost of a car in 1975?

## Try It 2.38

US Census data shows that the median price of new home in the U.S. in November 2014 was $280,900. This was$10,700 more than 14 times the price in November 1964. What was the median price of a new home in November 1964?

## Solve Percent Applications

There are several methods to solve percent equations. In algebra, it is easiest if we just translate English sentences into algebraic equations and then solve the equations. Be sure to change the given percent to a decimal before you use it in the equation.

## Example 2.20

Translate and solve:

## Try It 2.40

Translate and solve: What number is 55% of 60? 8.5% of what amount is $3.06? 126 is what percent of 72? Now that we have a problem solving strategy to refer to, and have practiced solving basic percent equations, we are ready to solve percent applications. Be sure to ask yourself if your final answer makes sense—since many of the applications we will solve involve everyday situations, you can rely on your own experience. ## Example 2.21 The label on Audrey’s yogurt said that one serving provided 12 grams of protein, which is 24% of the recommended daily amount. What is the total recommended daily amount of protein? ## Try It 2.41 One serving of wheat square cereal has 7 grams of fiber, which is 28% of the recommended daily amount. What is the total recommended daily amount of fiber? ## Try It 2.42 One serving of rice cereal has 190 mg of sodium, which is 8% of the recommended daily amount. What is the total recommended daily amount of sodium? Remember to put the answer in the form requested. In the next example we are looking for the percent. ## Example 2.22 Veronica is planning to make muffins from a mix. The package says each muffin will be 240 calories and 60 calories will be from fat. What percent of the total calories is from fat? ## Try It 2.43 Mitzi received some gourmet brownies as a gift. The wrapper said each brownie was 480 calories, and had 240 calories of fat. What percent of the total calories in each brownie comes from fat? Round the answer to the nearest whole percent. ## Try It 2.44 The mix Ricardo plans to use to make brownies says that each brownie will be 190 calories, and 76 calories are from fat. What percent of the total calories are from fat? Round the answer to the nearest whole percent. It is often important in many fields—business, sciences, pop culture—to talk about how much an amount has increased or decreased over a certain period of time. This increase or decrease is generally expressed as a percent and called the percent change. To find the percent change, first we find the amount of change, by finding the difference of the new amount and the original amount. Then we find what percent the amount of change is of the original amount. ## How To ### Find percent change. 1. Step 1. Find the amount of change. $change=new amount−original amountchange=new amount−original amount$ 2. Step 2. Find what percent the amount of change is of the original amount. $change is what percent of the original amount?change is what percent of the original amount?$ ## Example 2.23 Recently, the California governor proposed raising community college fees from$36 a unit to $46 a unit. Find the percent change. (Round to the nearest tenth of a percent.) ## Try It 2.45 Find the percent change. (Round to the nearest tenth of a percent.) In 2011, the IRS increased the deductible mileage cost to 55.5 cents from 51 cents. ## Try It 2.46 Find the percent change. (Round to the nearest tenth of a percent.) In 1995, the standard bus fare in Chicago was$1.50. In 2008, the standard bus fare was 2.25.

Applications of discount and mark-up are very common in retail settings.

When you buy an item on sale, the original price has been discounted by some dollar amount. The discount rate, usually given as a percent, is used to determine the amount of the discount. To determine the amount of discount, we multiply the discount rate by the original price.

The price a retailer pays for an item is called the original cost. The retailer then adds a mark-up to the original cost to get the list price, the price he sells the item for. The mark-up is usually calculated as a percent of the original cost. To determine the amount of mark-up, multiply the mark-up rate by the original cost.

## Discount

$amount of discount=discount rate·original pricesale price=original amount–discount priceamount of discount=discount rate·original pricesale price=original amount–discount price$

The sale price should always be less than the original price.

## Mark-up

$amount of mark-up=mark-up rate·original pricelist price=original cost+mark-upamount of mark-up=mark-up rate·original pricelist price=original cost+mark-up$

The list price should always be more than the original cost.

Nathaly deposited $12,500 in her bank account where it will earn 4% simple interest. How much interest will Nathaly earn in five years? ## Try It 2.50 Susana invested a principal of$36,000 in her bank account that earned simple interest at an interest rate of $6.5%.6.5%.$ How much interest did she earn in three years?

There may be times when we know the amount of interest earned on a given principal over a certain length of time, but we do not know the rate.

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## Section 2.2 Exercises

### Practice Makes Perfect

Use a Problem Solving Strategy for Word Problems

81.

List five positive thoughts you can say to yourself that will help you approach word problems with a positive attitude. You may want to copy them on a sheet of paper and put it in the front of your notebook, where you can read them often.

82.

List five negative thoughts that you have said to yourself in the past that will hinder your progress on word problems. You may want to write each one on a small piece of paper and rip it up to symbolically destroy the negative thoughts.

In the following exercises, solve using the problem solving strategy for word problems. Remember to write a complete sentence to answer each question.

83.

There are 16 girls in a school club. The number of girls is four more than twice the number of boys. Find the number of boys.

84.

There are 18 Cub Scouts in Troop 645. The number of scouts is three more than five times the number of adult leaders. Find the number of adult leaders.

85.

Huong is organizing paperback and hardback books for her club’s used book sale. The number of paperbacks is 12 less than three times the number of hardbacks. Huong had 162 paperbacks. How many hardback books were there?

86.

Jeff is lining up children’s and adult bicycles at the bike shop where he works. The number of children’s bicycles is nine less than three times the number of adult bicycles. There are 42 adult bicycles. How many children’s bicycles are there?

Solve Number Word Problems

In the following exercises, solve each number word problem.

87.

The difference of a number and 12 is three. Find the number.

88.

The difference of a number and eight is four. Find the number.

89.

The sum of three times a number and eight is 23. Find the number.

90.

The sum of twice a number and six is 14. Find the number.

91.

The difference of twice a number and seven is 17. Find the number.

92.

The difference of four times a number and seven is 21. Find the number.

93.

Three times the sum of a number and nine is 12. Find the number.

94.

Six times the sum of a number and eight is 30. Find the number.

95.

One number is six more than the other. Their sum is 42. Find the numbers.

96.

One number is five more than the other. Their sum is 33. Find the numbers.

97.

The sum of two numbers is 20. One number is four less than the other. Find the numbers.

98.

The sum of two numbers is 27. One number is seven less than the other. Find the numbers.

99.

One number is 14 less than another. If their sum is increased by seven, the result is 85. Find the numbers.

100.

One number is 11 less than another. If their sum is increased by eight, the result is 71. Find the numbers.

101.

The sum of two numbers is 14. One number is two less than three times the other. Find the numbers.

102.

The sum of two numbers is zero. One number is nine less than twice the other. Find the numbers.

103.

The sum of two consecutive integers is 77. Find the integers.

104.

The sum of two consecutive integers is 89. Find the integers.

105.

The sum of three consecutive integers is 78. Find the integers.

106.

The sum of three consecutive integers is 60. Find the integers.

107.

Find three consecutive integers whose sum is $−36.−36.$

108.

Find three consecutive integers whose sum is $−3.−3.$

109.

Find three consecutive even integers whose sum is 258.

110.

Find three consecutive even integers whose sum is 222.

111.

Find three consecutive odd integers whose sum is $−213.−213.$

112.

Find three consecutive odd integers whose sum is $−267.−267.$

113.

Philip pays $1,620 in rent every month. This amount is$120 more than twice what his brother Paul pays for rent. How much does Paul pay for rent?

114.

Marc just bought an SUV for $54,000. This is$7,400 less than twice what his wife paid for her car last year. How much did his wife pay for her car?

115.

Laurie has $46,000 invested in stocks and bonds. The amount invested in stocks is$8,000 less than three times the amount invested in bonds. How much does Laurie have invested in bonds?

116.

Erica earned a total of $50,450 last year from her two jobs. The amount she earned from her job at the store was$1,250 more than three times the amount she earned from her job at the college. How much did she earn from her job at the college?

Solve Percent Applications

In the following exercises, translate and solve.

117.

What number is 45% of 120? 81 is 75% of what number? What percent of 260 is 78?

118.

What number is 65% of 100? 93 is 75% of what number? What percent of 215 is 86?

119.

250% of 65 is what number? 8.2% of what amount is $2.87? 30 is what percent of 20? 120. 150% of 90 is what number? 6.4% of what amount is$2.88? 50 is what percent of 40?

In the following exercises, solve.

121.

Geneva treated her parents to dinner at their favorite restaurant. The bill was $74.25. Geneva wants to leave 16% of the total bill as a tip. How much should the tip be? 122. When Hiro and his co-workers had lunch at a restaurant near their work, the bill was$90.50. They want to leave 18% of the total bill as a tip. How much should the tip be?

123.

One serving of oatmeal has 8 grams of fiber, which is 33% of the recommended daily amount. What is the total recommended daily amount of fiber?

124.

One serving of trail mix has 67 grams of carbohydrates, which is 22% of the recommended daily amount. What is the total recommended daily amount of carbohydrates?

125.

A bacon cheeseburger at a popular fast food restaurant contains 2070 milligrams (mg) of sodium, which is 86% of the recommended daily amount. What is the total recommended daily amount of sodium?

126.

A grilled chicken salad at a popular fast food restaurant contains 650 milligrams (mg) of sodium, which is 27% of the recommended daily amount. What is the total recommended daily amount of sodium?

127.

The nutrition fact sheet at a fast food restaurant says the fish sandwich has 380 calories, and 171 calories are from fat. What percent of the total calories is from fat?

128.

The nutrition fact sheet at a fast food restaurant says a small portion of chicken nuggets has 190 calories, and 114 calories are from fat. What percent of the total calories is from fat?

129.

Emma gets paid $3,000 per month. She pays$750 a month for rent. What percent of her monthly pay goes to rent?

130.

Dimple gets paid $3,200 per month. She pays$960 a month for rent. What percent of her monthly pay goes to rent?

In the following exercises, solve.

131.

Tamanika received a raise in her hourly pay, from $15.50 to$17.36. Find the percent change.

132.

Ayodele received a raise in her hourly pay, from $24.50 to$25.48. Find the percent change.

133.

Annual student fees at the University of California rose from about $4,000 in 2000 to about$12,000 in 2010. Find the percent change.

134.

The price of a share of one stock rose from $12.50 to$50. Find the percent change.

135.

A grocery store reduced the price of a loaf of bread from $2.80 to$2.73. Find the percent change.

136.

The price of a share of one stock fell from $8.75 to$8.54. Find the percent change.

137.

Hernando’s salary was $49,500 last year. This year his salary was cut to$44,055. Find the percent change.

138.

In ten years, the population of Detroit fell from 950,000 to about 712,500. Find the percent change.

In the following exercises, find the amount of discount and the sale price.

139.

Janelle bought a beach chair on sale at 60% off. The original price was $44.95. 140. Errol bought a skateboard helmet on sale at 40% off. The original price was$49.95.

In the following exercises, find the amount of discount and the discount rate (Round to the nearest tenth of a percent if needed.)

141.

Larry and Donna bought a sofa at the sale price of $1,344. The original price of the sofa was$1,920.

142.

Hiroshi bought a lawnmower at the sale price of $240. The original price of the lawnmower is$300.

In the following exercises, find the amount of the mark-up and the list price.

143.

Daria bought a bracelet at original cost $16 to sell in her handicraft store. She marked the price up 45%. What was the list price of the bracelet? 144. Regina bought a handmade quilt at original cost$120 to sell in her quilt store. She marked the price up 55%. What was the list price of the quilt?

145.

Tom paid $0.60 a pound for tomatoes to sell at his produce store. He added a 33% mark-up. What price did he charge his customers for the tomatoes? 146. Flora paid her supplier$0.74 a stem for roses to sell at her flower shop. She added an 85% mark-up. What price did she charge her customers for the roses?

Solve Simple Interest Applications

In the following exercises, solve.

147.

Casey deposited $1,450 in a bank account that earned simple interest at an interest rate of 4%. How much interest was earned in two years? 148. Terrence deposited$5,720 in a bank account that earned simple interest at an interest rate of 6%. How much interest was earned in four years?

149.

Robin deposited $31,000 in a bank account that earned simple interest at an interest rate of 5.2%. How much interest was earned in three years? 150. Carleen deposited$16,400 in a bank account that earned simple interest at an interest rate of 3.9% How much interest was earned in eight years?

151.

Hilaria borrowed $8,000 from her grandfather to pay for college. Five years later, she paid him back the$8,000, plus $1,200 interest. What was the rate of simple interest? 152. Kenneth lent his niece$1,200 to buy a computer. Two years later, she paid him back the $1,200, plus$96 interest. What was the rate of simple interest?

153.

Lebron lent his daughter $20,000 to help her buy a condominium. When she sold the condominium four years later, she paid him the$20,000, plus $3,000 interest. What was the rate of simple interest? 154. Pablo borrowed$50,000 to start a business. Three years later, he repaid the $50,000, plus$9,375 interest. What was the rate of simple interest?

155.

In 10 years, a bank account that paid 5.25% simple interest earned $18,375 interest. What was the principal of the account? 156. In 25 years, a bond that paid 4.75% simple interest earned$2,375 interest. What was the principal of the bond?

157.

Joshua’s computer loan statement said he would pay $1,244.34 in simple interest for a three-year loan at 12.4%. How much did Joshua borrow to buy the computer? 158. Margaret’s car loan statement said she would pay$7,683.20 in simple interest for a five-year loan at 9.8%. How much did Margaret borrow to buy the car?

### Everyday Math

159.

Tipping At the campus coffee cart, a medium coffee costs $1.65. MaryAnne brings$2.00 with her when she buys a cup of coffee and leaves the change as a tip. What percent tip does she leave?

160.

Tipping Four friends went out to lunch and the bill came to $53.75 They decided to add enough tip to make a total of$64, so that they could easily split the bill evenly among themselves. What percent tip did they leave?

### Writing Exercises

161.

What has been your past experience solving word problems? Where do you see yourself moving forward?

162.

Without solving the problem “44 is 80% of what number” think about what the solution might be. Should it be a number that is greater than 44 or less than 44? Explain your reasoning.

163.

After returning from vacation, Alex said he should have packed 50% fewer shorts and 200% more shirts. Explain what Alex meant.

164.

Because of road construction in one city, commuters were advised to plan that their Monday morning commute would take 150% of their usual commuting time. Explain what this means.

### Self Check

After completing the exercises, use this checklist to evaluate your mastery of the objective of this section.

After reviewing this checklist, what will you do to become confident for all objectives?