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During a holiday month a retail store brings in 300% above it's average sales in other months. If a typical month has \$1600 in sales, and has fixed cost of \$800 per month. What is the profit for a holiday month?

I worked it as (1600 x 3)-800=4,000

The answer i came up with is 4,000, is that correct?

Jul 6, 2019

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That is correct. That is how you would do it.

-\(tommarvoloriddle\)

Jul 6, 2019
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Thanks so much for your help!

dreamdriven  Jul 6, 2019
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No Problem, thank you for showing your work!

tommarvoloriddle  Jul 6, 2019
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Question: What if the store brought in 100% above its previous sales in other months? Then, what would the answer be?

Guest Jul 7, 2019
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I think they would just earn 1600... not sure.

tommarvoloriddle  Jul 8, 2019
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This question, as presented, has two (2) syntax errors:

During a holiday month a retail store brings in 300% above it's average sales in other months. If a typical month has \$1600 in sales, and has fixed cost of \$800 per month. What is the profit for a holiday month?

... A missing comma, and a wrong word (“it’s”) in the first sentence, and a sentence fragment in the second sentence.

Correcting these errors, the sentence reads:

During a holiday month, a retail store brings in 300% above its average sales in other months. If a typical month has \$1600 in sales, and has fixed cost of \$800 per month, what is the profit for a holiday month?

Word problems often have ambiguity in them, but this question is clear (to me).

As the question is asked, the solution presented (1600 x 3)-800=4,000 is wrong. The reason it’s wrong is the word “above” is in the phrase “a retail store brings in 300% above its average sales in other months.”

During a holiday month, a retail store brings in 300% of its average sales in other months.” Then the asker’s solution would be correct and so would your answer to guest’s question.  This was the point of guest’s question.

Your answer to guest’s question clearly indicates the result is equal to the average, not above the average as indicated in the question. (Note that this is the earnings, not the profit as requested by the question.)

Perusals, via the net, of this question and presented solutions, indicate the word “above” is interpreted as “of” in at least one online solution:  https://quizlet.com/193028363/job-interview-hcss-applicant-test-flash-cards/

The solution on Brainly is absurd, and the others are not viewable without an account.

It’s possible that the “official” solution interprets “above” as “of.”  This doesn’t make the officials poor mathematicians, just linguistic bone heads.  This also makes the correct solution wrong.

GA

Jul 8, 2019
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😧 what an extremely long critique. So you are saying that the store could, (hypothetically) bring in 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 dollars suddenly?

since it could be above average?

I have never thought about it like that.

tommarvoloriddle  Jul 8, 2019
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No! I’m not saying that. Your hypothetical is inconsistent with the data points in the question.

My critique focuses on the meaning of the word “above”as used in the context of this question.

The solution equation for “of” is (1600 x 3)-800 = 4000 dollars.

The solution equation for “above” is (1600 x 4)-800 =5600 dollars. This should be the correct solution. The word “above” is in the question. The word “of” is not.  This is what guest was attempting to demonstrate when he asked the pointed question.  It should be clear that \$1600 is not above \$1600.  This being true means the solution included with the origional question is wrong.

GA

GingerAle  Jul 8, 2019
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why didn't you just say so? You could have used a senctence to get that statement out more clearly.  Just saying.

tommarvoloriddle  Jul 8, 2019
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BECAUSE I wanted you to figure it out yourself! I don’t mind pealing and cutting bananas for you, but you are a big boy now, so you need to learn how to chew them all by yourself.

Yes, I could have posted a single sentence –in five languages, including Latin. Would you have understood it? Would you then have an instant understanding of how to translate words into mathematics?

GA

GingerAle  Jul 9, 2019
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GingerAle,

you’ve commented before that teaching pigs to sing is a waste of time and it annoys the pigs.

Guest Jul 9, 2019
edited by Guest  Jul 9, 2019
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Just asking –my ass! I know it’s you JB.

GingerAle  Jul 9, 2019
edited by GingerAle  Jul 9, 2019
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Tommarvoloriddle doen’t present as an intellectual pig –not so far, anyway.

As for being a moron, he’s the right age for it, so he gets a free pass.  Leaving behind moronic thought processes, and learning how to think logically and analytically is a gradual process.

Teaching these critical thinking skills is time consuming, but the investment of time is well worth it, because the juvenile brain will literally grow and develop around these skills. For children with average intelligence, these skills will put them at the head of their class. For children with augmented intelligence, this will eventually put them in the 90th percentile of testable academic intelligence.

Tomm has a bloody long way to go, but these skills will speed up his trip.

GA

GingerAle  Jul 9, 2019
edited by GingerAle  Jul 9, 2019
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He responded to your teaching post by biting you on theass.

Guest Jul 9, 2019
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Yes. Well he obviously has troll DNA. He reminds me of someone I knew very well when I was his age –meself.

GingerAle  Jul 9, 2019
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Ok, first of all, I am a freaking girl. Just because I have an avatar of a person I laughed at in harry potter doesn't mean I am a boy...

Just saying...

Thanks for the critiques...

Just PM me next time pls?

I swear, you can spam me with messages and I'll read all of them and think about them...

As for the trolling part, I am a master prankster in real life. Who expects a girl with perfect grades and the who is the teacher's pet to prank people?

It's somewhat funny actually.

But I didn't mean to troll online...

Whoops...

I must have not tried very hard...

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tommarvoloriddle  Jul 10, 2019
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Ginger, maybe she’s a “Tom....Boy”

Guest Jul 10, 2019
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Either that or her troll DNA has a hidden “Y” chromosomes in it sequences.

GingerAle  Jul 10, 2019
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Actually, Tommarvoloriddle, I thought you were transgender....  Sorry

My name is Ginger Alexandra, and it annoys me too, when someone thinks I’m a boy. No one ever thinks that when seeing me in person, but on line, even using my name, Ginger, it’s rather common in academic circles (not in social circles). I suppose it’s mainly because of my logical, active-voice, writing style.  I can see that my acerbic commentaries and trolling might compel the perception of a bitch, and sometimes a “boy bitch.”

Naturally, some think of me as a troll, a chimp, and, of course, a soda.  I certainly identify with the troll and chimp, and I like the soda. If you would care to read it, this post briefly explains the origins of my chimphood.  https://web2.0calc.com/questions/projectile-problem#r9

This post is the first of a few main-thread posts that critique my trollhood and my troll posts, on this forum. (I have a few fans LOL) https://web2.0calc.com/questions/there-is-a-monster

I wasn’t being a troll when I said you remind me of “me self.”  You do. Though I was never a “teacher’s pet” (but a few wanted to send me to the zoo), nor did I ever make straight “A” grades –not until I went to university, anyway.

Take care, Tommarvoloriddle.

GA

GingerAle  Jul 10, 2019
edited by GingerAle  Jul 10, 2019
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"Boy b***h"?  No, rather, "insufferable b***h"??

Guest Jul 10, 2019
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Yes. Well, Mr. BB, I am a chimp for all seasons, including the cold, cold winter.

BTW, how’s GetSmart doing?  The last I heard from him, he said he will be volunteering himself for a Christmas-time turkey dinner.  Is he going to do that, or are you just going to eat him yourself?

I hope not. He is the only genetically enhanced turkey in the world (that I know of).

GingerAle  Jul 10, 2019
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GA, you were raised in a cathloic enviroment?