Each week, Harry is paid x dollars per hour for the first 30 hours and 1.5x dollars for each additional hour worked that week. Each week, James is paid x dollars per hour for the first 40 hours and 2x dollars for each additional hour worked that week. Last week James worked a total of 41 hours. If Harry and James were paid the same amount last week, how many hours did Harry work last week?
I almost understand the OG's explanation; however, there is one number that I do not understand in the equation. I will elaborate after a few responses are posted. I do not want to ruin the question for someone with a "hint".
James worked 41 hours, so he was paid 40x+1(2x)
Lets say Harry worked h hours. Since he was paid the same as Harry, which is more than 30x (42x), he mus have worked more than 30 hours, hence h>30
Harry got paid : 30x+(h-30)1.5x
We know : 30x + (h-30)1.5x=42x
1.5hx -15x = 42x
1.5hx -57x = 0
(1.5h - 57)x=0
h = 57/1.5 = 38Answer is (d)
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