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A store currently charges the same price for each towel that it sells. If the current price of each towel were to be increased by $1, 10 fewer of the towels could be bought for $120, excluding sales tax. What is the current price of each towel?

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Walkabout wrote:

A store currently charges the same price for each towel that it sells. If the current price of each towel were to be increased by $1, 10 fewer of the towels could be bought for $120, excluding sales tax. What is the current price of each towel?

(A) $ 1 (B) $ 2 (C) $ 3 (D) $ 4 (E) $12

Let the current price be \(p\) and the # of towels sold at this price be \(n\). Then we would have two equations:

\(pn=120\) amd \((p+1)(n-10)=120\) at this point you can solve the system of equations for \(p\) (you'll get quadratic equation to solve) or try to substitute answer choices.

When substituting answer choices it's good to start with the middle value, so in our case $3. So, if \(p=3\) then \(3n=120\) --> \(n=40\) --> \((3+1)(40-10)=4*30=120\), so this answer works.

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I thought it would be easier to just use a smart number. I picked the middle number option (C) $3 per towel and proceeded to divide $120 with $3 to make 40 towels. Then I tried with (D) $4 which gave me 30 towels. Therefore the current price must be $3

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psychedelictwirl wrote:

I thought it would be easier to just use a smart number. I picked the middle number option (C) $3 per towel and proceeded to divide $120 with $3 to make 40 towels. Then I tried with (D) $4 which gave me 30 towels. Therefore the current price must be $3

Answer: C.

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Bunuel wrote:

Walkabout wrote:

A store currently charges the same price for each towel that it sells. If the current price of each towel were to be increased by $1, 10 fewer of the towels could be bought for $120, excluding sales tax. What is the current price of each towel?

(A) $ 1 (B) $ 2 (C) $ 3 (D) $ 4 (E) $12

Let the current price be \(p\) and the # of towels sold at this price be \(n\). Then we would have two equations:

\(pn=120\) amd \((p+1)(n-10)=120\) at this point you can solve the system of equations for \(p\) (you'll get quadratic equation to solve) or try to substitute answer choices.

When substituting answer choices it's good to start with the middle value, so in our case $3. So, if \(p=3\) then \(3n=120\) --> \(n=40\) --> \((3+1)(40-10)=4*30=120\), so this answer works.

Answer: C.

Hope it helps.

Bunuel

Instead of two variables p,n cant it be solved in 1 variable as below

Say p = original price of 1 towel

so 120/p = 120/(p+1) + 10

putting values from options gives the value of p=3

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himanshujovi wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

Walkabout wrote:

A store currently charges the same price for each towel that it sells. If the current price of each towel were to be increased by $1, 10 fewer of the towels could be bought for $120, excluding sales tax. What is the current price of each towel?

(A) $ 1 (B) $ 2 (C) $ 3 (D) $ 4 (E) $12

Let the current price be \(p\) and the # of towels sold at this price be \(n\). Then we would have two equations:

\(pn=120\) amd \((p+1)(n-10)=120\) at this point you can solve the system of equations for \(p\) (you'll get quadratic equation to solve) or try to substitute answer choices.

When substituting answer choices it's good to start with the middle value, so in our case $3. So, if \(p=3\) then \(3n=120\) --> \(n=40\) --> \((3+1)(40-10)=4*30=120\), so this answer works.

Answer: C.

Hope it helps.

Bunuel

Instead of two variables p,n cant it be solved in 1 variable as below

Say p = original price of 1 towel

so 120/p = 120/(p+1) + 10

putting values from options gives the value of p=3

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Bunuel wrote:

Walkabout wrote:

A store currently charges the same price for each towel that it sells. If the current price of each towel were to be increased by $1, 10 fewer of the towels could be bought for $120, excluding sales tax. What is the current price of each towel?

(A) $ 1 (B) $ 2 (C) $ 3 (D) $ 4 (E) $12

Let the current price be \(p\) and the # of towels sold at this price be \(n\). Then we would have two equations:

\(pn=120\) amd \((p+1)(n-10)=120\) at this point you can solve the system of equations for \(p\) (you'll get quadratic equation to solve) or try to substitute answer choices.

When substituting answer choices it's good to start with the middle value, so in our case $3. So, if \(p=3\) then \(3n=120\) --> \(n=40\) --> \((3+1)(40-10)=4*30=120\), so this answer works.

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SunthoshiTejaswi wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

Walkabout wrote:

A store currently charges the same price for each towel that it sells. If the current price of each towel were to be increased by $1, 10 fewer of the towels could be bought for $120, excluding sales tax. What is the current price of each towel?

(A) $ 1 (B) $ 2 (C) $ 3 (D) $ 4 (E) $12

Let the current price be \(p\) and the # of towels sold at this price be \(n\). Then we would have two equations:

\(pn=120\) amd \((p+1)(n-10)=120\) at this point you can solve the system of equations for \(p\) (you'll get quadratic equation to solve) or try to substitute answer choices.

When substituting answer choices it's good to start with the middle value, so in our case $3. So, if \(p=3\) then \(3n=120\) --> \(n=40\) --> \((3+1)(40-10)=4*30=120\), so this answer works.

Answer: C.

Hope it helps.

Hi Bunnel

How is pn=120 first equation ??

If the current price of each towel were to be increased by $1 (the current price p, new price p+1), 10 fewer of the towels (n for the current price, n-10 for new price) could be bought for $120.

So, for $120 for the current price p, we can buy n towels: pn=120. _________________

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