A dress has been reduced in price by 15% to $12. What was the original price of the dress (to the nearest cent) before it was marked down.
The original price minus 15% of that price is $12.00.
Let p represent the original price; then we get: p - 0.15p = 12.00
Simplify: .85p = 12.00
Divide by 0.85 p = $14.12
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