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Mary and John were each paid x dollars in advance to do a [#permalink]
27 Jul 2003, 09:25
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Mary and John were each paid x dollars in advance to do a certain job. ( I say let's make x- $100) John worked on the job for 10 hours and Mary worked for 8 hours. If Mary gave John y dollars of her payment so that they would have received the same hourly wage, what was the dollar amoung John was paid in advance?
Since either person gets $X in advance, the John's hourly rate is X/10 $ph, and that of Mary is X/8 $ph. But Mary gives $Y to John to make their rates equal. Thus, her own rate is decreased = (X-Y)/8 $ph