Hi All,
We're told that Alice and Bruce each bought a refrigerator, and the sum of their purchases was $900. We're also told that TWICE of what Alice paid was $75 MORE than what Bruce paid. We're asked what did Alice paid for her refrigerator. This question can be solved in a couple of different ways, including by TESTing THE ANSWERS.
To start, as an estimate, if Bruce paid exactly twice what Alice paid, then their two purchase prices would have been 600 and 300, respectively. However, we know that that did NOT happen (since "twice what Alice paid was $75 MORE than what Bruce paid"). Thus, Alice would have paid a bit more than $300. Let's TEST Answer B first...
Answer B: $325
IF.... Alice paid $325, then
Bruce paid 2($325) - $75 = $650 - $75 = $575
Total paid by both = $325 + $575 = $900
This is an exact match for what we were told, so this MUST be the answer.
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