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For each customer, a bakery charges p dollars for the first loaf of bread bought by the customer and charges q dollars for each additional loaf bought by the customer. What is the value of p ?

(1) A customer who buys 2 loaves is charged 10 percent less per loaf than a customer who buys a single loaf.

(2) A customer who buys 6 loaves of bread is charged 10 dollars.

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20 Sep 2006, 09:04

For each customer, a bakery charges p dollars for the first loaf of bread bought by the customer and charges q dollars for each add'l loaf bought by the customer. What's the value of p?
(1) A customer who buys 2 loaves is charged 10% less per loaf than a customer who buys a single loaf.
(2) A customer who buys 6 loaves of bread is charged 10 dollars.

general formula to calculate price

x = p+nq where n is number of loafs in excess of one

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20 Sep 2006, 11:11

I used a combination of math and some guess work.

I have seen these type of problems before and made the mistake of thinking it was E in the past. However this time I knew it was D ...From the two stems it looks like you are going to get two equations with two variables which one can solve. I just made the sure the equations weren't equal to each other when I chose D...I didn't actually work all the way through the problem.

For each customer, a bakery charges p dollars for the first loaf of bread bought by the customer and charges q dollars for each additional loaf bought by the customer. What is the value of p ?

(1) A customer who buys 2 loaves is charged 10 percent less per loaf than a customer who buys a single loaf:

Price of 2 loaves = $(p+q). Price per loaf = $(p+q)/2

Price of a single loaf = $p.

Given that (p+q)/2=0.9p.

Two unknowns. Not sufficient.

(2) A customer who buys 6 loaves of bread is charged 10 dollars --> p+5q=10. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) We have two distinct linear equations with two unknowns: (p+q)/2=0.9p and p+5q=10, thus we can solve for both p and q. Sufficient..

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