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Joe, a truck driver, is paid 45 cents per mile, up to 300 miles per day. For any additional miles he drives, he is paid a rate that is
20 cents per mile more than his regular rate. If Joe drives 525 miles on a given day, how much is he paid for that day?

a) $180.00
b) $203.75
c) $281.25
d) $305.50
e) $326.75

Please assist with above problem.
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Joe, a truck driver, is paid 45 cents per mile, up to 300 miles per day. For any additional miles he drives, he is paid a rate that is
20 cents per mile more than his regular rate. If Joe drives 525 miles on a given day, how much is he paid for that day?

a) $180.00
b) $203.75
c) $281.25
d) $305.50
e) $326.75

Please assist with above problem.


300*0.45 + (525 - 300)*(0.45 + 0.2) = 281.25.

Answer: C.
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Joe, a truck driver, is paid 45 cents per mile, up to 300 miles per day. For any additional miles he drives, he is paid a rate that is
20 cents per mile more than his regular rate. If Joe drives 525 miles on a given day, how much is he paid for that day?

a) $180.00
b) $203.75
c) $281.25
d) $305.50
e) $326.75

Please assist with above problem.


Regular Rate is 45 cents per mile
Rate for additional mile above 300 miles is 45+20 = 65 cents per mile

Payment for 525 miles = Regular Rate for 300 Miles + Additional Rate of 225 miles
Payment for 525 miles = (45*300) + (65*225)
Payment for 525 miles = 28125 cents or $281.25

Hence answer will be (C) $281.25
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Re: Joe, a truck driver, is paid 45 cents per mile, up to 300 miles per da [#permalink]

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Hi All,

This question is really just about staying organized and doing the necessary arithmetic. However, the answer choices are 'spread out' enough that you can actually avoid doing all of the math and use some estimation to get to the correct answer.

Based on the pay scale described in the prompt, Joe would be paid:

(300)(.45) + (225)(.65)

.45 is a little less than 1/2, so the 'first part' of the calculation would be a little less than $150.
.65 is greater than 1/2, so the 'second part' of the calculation would be a more than $112

As an estimate, Joe would earn about $150 + 112 = $262. There's only one answer that's close to that...

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