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A shoe cobbler charges n dollars to repair a single pair of loafers. Tomorrow, he intends to earn 240 dollars repairing loafers. If he were to reduce his fee per pair by 20 dollars, he would have to repair an additional pair of the loafers to ear the same amount of revenue. How many pair of loafers does he intend to repair tomorrow?

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Re: A shoe Cobbler charges n dollars [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2013, 01:33
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A shoe cobbler charges n dollars to repair a single pair of loafers. Tomorrow, he intends to earn 240 dollars repairing loafers. If he were to reduce his fee per pair by 20 dollars, he would have to repair an additional pair of the loafers to ear the same amount of revenue. How many pair of loafers does he intend to repair tomorrow?

Choices:
(A) 1
(B) 2
(C) 3
(D) 4
(E) 5

See if you can solve it without using algebraic calculations. Explain your shortest method.


240/n=240/(n-20)-1 --> n=80 --> 240/n=240/80=3.

Answer: C.

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Re: A shoe Cobbler charges n dollars [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 18:08
Wouldn't the answer actually be D - 4?

The question is asking for how many pair of loafers does he intend to repair tomorrow?

This is (x + 1) (because he would have to repair an additional pair)
So shouldn't the answer be (x + 1 = 3 + 1 = 4 = D ??)

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Re: A shoe Cobbler charges n dollars [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 19:25
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Wouldn't the answer actually be D - 4?

The question is asking for how many pair of loafers does he intend to repair tomorrow?

This is (x + 1) (because he would have to repair an additional pair)
So shouldn't the answer be (x + 1 = 3 + 1 = 4 = D ??)

Thanks for the help


We are told that the cobbler charges n dollars to repair a pair of shoes. Then we are told that IF he charged n-20 dollars he would have to repair an additional pair. Notice that we are not told that he WILL charge n-20 dollars, just IF.

Hope it's clear.
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Re: A shoe Cobbler charges n dollars [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2013, 10:53
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jjack0310 wrote:
Wouldn't the answer actually be D - 4?

The question is asking for how many pair of loafers does he intend to repair tomorrow?

This is (x + 1) (because he would have to repair an additional pair)
So shouldn't the answer be (x + 1 = 3 + 1 = 4 = D ??)

Thanks for the help


We are told that the cobbler charges n dollars to repair a pair of shoes. Then we are told that IF he charged n-20 dollars he would have to repair an additional pair. Notice that we are not told that he WILL charge n-20 dollars, just IF.

Hope it's clear.


So technically, they have given the future scenario for the cobbler just so we can solve the problem.
I mean without that specific sentence we would have too many unknowns.

I think I was over thinking the problem.
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Re: A shoe Cobbler charges n dollars [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2013, 11:50
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Bunuel wrote:
jjack0310 wrote:
Wouldn't the answer actually be D - 4?

The question is asking for how many pair of loafers does he intend to repair tomorrow?

This is (x + 1) (because he would have to repair an additional pair)
So shouldn't the answer be (x + 1 = 3 + 1 = 4 = D ??)

Thanks for the help


We are told that the cobbler charges n dollars to repair a pair of shoes. Then we are told that IF he charged n-20 dollars he would have to repair an additional pair. Notice that we are not told that he WILL charge n-20 dollars, just IF.

Hope it's clear.


So technically, they have given the future scenario for the cobbler just so we can solve the problem.
I mean without that specific sentence we would have too many unknowns.

I think I was over thinking the problem.
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Correct. Only that "n-20 dollars" case is not a future scenario it's a hypothetical scenario.
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Re: A shoe Cobbler charges n dollars [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2013, 01:45
Price x Qty = Total
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n x 1 = n


n x 240/n = 240

Per condition given:


(n-20) x 240/n + 1 = 240

Solving above equation gives value of n = 80, Answer = 3
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Re: A shoe Cobbler charges n dollars [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2013, 10:35
The loafer charges n per pair, and he is intending to make 240 from x pairs:

240 = x * n

If he wants to reduce the price by 20 (n - 20) he needs to repair 1 more ( x + 1)

240 = (n-20)(x+1)
xn = (n-20)(x+1)
xn = xn + n - 20x -20
n - 20x = 20......

what am I doing wrong?
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Re: A shoe Cobbler charges n dollars [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2013, 10:40
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PraPon wrote:
A shoe cobbler charges n dollars to repair a single pair of loafers. Tomorrow, he intends to earn 240 dollars repairing loafers. If he were to reduce his fee per pair by 20 dollars, he would have to repair an additional pair of the loafers to ear the same amount of revenue. How many pair of loafers does he intend to repair tomorrow?

Choices:
(A) 1
(B) 2
(C) 3
(D) 4
(E) 5

See if you can solve it without using algebraic calculations. Explain your shortest method.


240/n=240/(n-20)-1 --> n=80 --> 240/n=240/80=3.

Answer: C.

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Re: A shoe Cobbler charges n dollars [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2013, 10:50
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The loafer charges n per pair, and he is intending to make 240 from x pairs:

240 = x * n

If he wants to reduce the price by 20 (n - 20) he needs to repair 1 more ( x + 1)

240 = (n-20)(x+1)
xn = (n-20)(x+1)
xn = xn + n - 20x -20
n - 20x = 20......

what am I doing wrong?


This is not a best way to solve the problem but you could still get the correct answer:
From 240=xn --> x=240/n --> substitute: n - 20*240/n= 20 --> solve: n=80 --> 240/80=3.
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Re: A shoe Cobbler charges n dollars [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2013, 10:50
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Bunuel wrote:
PraPon wrote:
A shoe cobbler charges n dollars to repair a single pair of loafers. Tomorrow, he intends to earn 240 dollars repairing loafers. If he were to reduce his fee per pair by 20 dollars, he would have to repair an additional pair of the loafers to ear the same amount of revenue. How many pair of loafers does he intend to repair tomorrow?

Choices:
(A) 1
(B) 2
(C) 3
(D) 4
(E) 5

See if you can solve it without using algebraic calculations. Explain your shortest method.


240/n=240/(n-20)-1 --> n=80 --> 240/n=240/80=3.

Answer: C.

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Should it be +1 ?


Let me ask you a question: which is greater 240/n or 240/(n-20)?
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Re: A shoe Cobbler charges n dollars [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2013, 10:59
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Let me ask you a question: which is greater 240/n or 240/(n-20)?


I got confused with the stem. It should be 240/(n+20) + 1 as I imagined it...
I think that's enough for me for today! :lol:
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Re: A shoe Cobbler charges n dollars [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2014, 02:42
I was able to work out (240/n)+1=240/(n-20)
but somehow got stuck on the equation:n(n-20)=4800.
How do I solve it quickly?
Bunuel,please help!
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