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A telephone company offers a special service to customers who make long-distance calls. For an additional monthly charge of $8, all long-distance charges in excess of $16 for a month are reduced by 50 percent. If a customer has long-distance charges of $48 for one month without the special service, how much would the customer have saved by using the special service?

(A)$0

(B) $8

(C)$16

(D)$20

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2004, 08:36
Excuse me.

I supposed

8 + 16 + (48-16) * 0.5 = 40

48 - 40 = 8

Is this right?
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2004, 08:43
chunjuwu,
You are right.

it has to be

8 + 16 + (48-16) * 0.5 = 40

48-40 = 8.

Absolutely right.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2004, 15:32
48-16+8 = $8

I know this is the worst way to explain a math problem. But since you guys have already explained it pretty well... do i need to :-)

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2004, 16:28
chunjuwu wrote:
Excuse me.

I supposed

8 + 16 + (48-16) * 0.5 = 40

48 - 40 = 8

Is this right?


Both ways are right chunjuwu.
1) What you did was:
Total the guy actually spent = 48
Total the guy should have spent = extra charge + full amt upto 16 + 1/2 (rest) = 8 + 16 + (48-16) * 0.5 = 40
Prospective savings = 48 - 40 = 8

2) What I did was:
Just calculating the savings only (or rather company's expenditure only):
Company has to pay the 1/2 of rest, but it gets $8 from the guy
So guys savings = company's expenditure = (48-16)/2 - 8 = 8

This method probably saves just a couple of seconds...
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