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# Fox jeans regularly sell for \$15 a pair and Pony jeans

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29 May 2006, 14:46
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Fox jeans regularly sell for \$15 a pair and Pony jeans regularly sell for \$18 a pair. During a sale those regular units prices are discounted at different rates so that a total of \$9 is saved by purchasing 5 pairs of jeans: 3 pairs of Fox Jeans and 2 pairs of Pony jeans. If the sum of the 2 discounts rate is 22%, what is the discount rate on Pony jeans?

A) 9%
B) 10%
C) 11%
D) 12%
E) 15%

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29 May 2006, 15:53
Fox jeans regularly sell for \$15 a pair and Pony jeans regularly sell for \$18 a pair. During a sale those regular units prices are discounted at different rates so that a total of \$9 is saved by purchasing 5 pairs of jeans: 3 pairs of Fox Jeans and 2 pairs of Pony jeans. If the sum of the 2 discounts rate is 22%, what is the discount rate on Pony jeans?

A) 9%
B) 10%
C) 11%
D) 12%
E) 15%

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I would go with B) --10%

This question took me a little over 2 mins. Does anyone have a faster way of solving this?

Let X be discount % for fox jeans and Y be discount % for Pony

Sum of 2 discounts is 22%
So,

X + Y = 22 ----(1)

Now we know that \$9 are saved due to both the discounts, and that 3 fox jeans cost \$45 and 2 Pony jeans cost \$36
So,

(45X/100) + (36Y/100) = 9 ---(2)

Solving 1 and 2 for Y,

You will get Y = 10%

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29 May 2006, 16:12
Hi,

I got B)

With no discount: 15(3)+18(2)=81

With discount: 45(f)+ 36(p)=72 = 5(f)+4(p)=8 (8 is my Target)

By Plug-in answers I got B)

5(.88) + 4(.9)=8

IÂ´m sure there are more ways to solve this.

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29 May 2006, 19:30
tapan22 please explain the 2nd equation as part of the simultaneous equation:

45X/100 + 36Y/100 = 9....

9 is the money saved, so please explain how this works

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29 May 2006, 23:49
The original cost of jeans without discount = 81
Hence the discounted price is 72 (they saved 9 dollars)

Let x be the discount on F jeans and 22-x for P jeans

The equation we get is

3(15-15*x/100) + 2(18-18*(22-x)/100) = 72

Solving we get x = 12 and therfore discount for P jeans is 22-12 =10%

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30 May 2006, 16:33
[quote="akvenky"]tapan22 please explain the 2nd equation as part of the simultaneous equation:

45X/100 + 36Y/100 = 9....

9 is the money saved, so please explain how this works[/quote]

akvenky,
The sum of the discounts is \$9
Since X% is discount on Fox jeans--- the \$ discount for Fox is (X/100)*45 where 45 = 3jeans@\$15 each

Similarly we can arrive at 36Y/100 as the \$ discount for Pony.

When you sum the two it should equal 9
(45X/100) + (36Y/100) = 9 ---(2)

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30 May 2006, 20:33
One more for B - 10%.

\$39.60 (Fox) + \$32.40 (Pony) = 72.

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