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The total price of a basic computer and printer are $2,500. If the same printer had been purchased with an enhanced computer whose price was $500 more than the price of the basic computer, then the price of the printer would have been 1/5 of that total. What was the price of the basic computer?

A. 1500 B. 1600 C. 1750 D. 1900 E. 2000

I started doing this question, but got stuck.

Let x be the price of the basic computer and y be the price of the printer.

x + y = 2500 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------(1)

Price of the enhanced computer = x + 500 ---------------------------------------------------(2)

Price of the printer i.e. y = 1/5 (x+500) ------------------------------------------------------(3)

Solving 1 and 2 will give me x = 2000. But the answer is not correct, its D?

The price of a basic computer and a printer was $2500. If the same computer had been purchased with an enhanced computer whose price was 500 more than the price of the basic computer, the the price of the printer would have been 1/5 of the total. What was the price of the basic computer?

A) 1500

B) 1600

C) 1750

D) 1900

E) 2000

I started doing this question, but got stuck.

Let x be the price of the basic computer and y be the price of the printer.

x + y = 2500 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------(1)

Price of the enhanced computer = x + 500 ---------------------------------------------------(2)

Price of the printer i.e. y = 1/5 (x+500) ------------------------------------------------------(3)

Solving 1 and 2 will give me x = 2000. But the answer is not correct, its D?

My try:

Here you have: c=computer p=price Total price of the combo 1: c+p=2500 Total price of the combo 2: c+p+500 = 3000 (here you are not changing any price, only adding 500)

The total price of a basic computer and printer are $2,500. If the same printer had been purchased with an enhanced computer whose price was $500 more than the price of the basic computer, then the price of the printer would have been 1/5 of that total. What was the price of the basic computer? A. 1500 B. 1600 C. 1750 D. 1900 E. 2000

Let the price of basic computer be C and the price of the printer be P: C+P=$2,500.

The price of the enhanced computer will be C+500 and total price for that computer and the printer will be 2,500+500=$3,000. Now, we are told that the price of the printer is 1/5 of that new total price: P=1/5*$3,000=$600.

Plug this value in the first equation: C+600=$2,500 --> C=$1,900.

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[quote="enigma123"]The total price of a basic computer and printer are $2,500. If the same printer had been purchased with an enhanced computer whose price was $500 more than the price of the basic computer, then the price of the printer would have been 1/5 of that total. What was the price of the basic computer?

A. 1500 B. 1600 C. 1750 D. 1900 E. 2000

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total price = Bc + Printer = 2500-------1

\(1/5(Enhance Comp + P) = P\) E.c + p =5p 4p = Ec 4p= B.c + 500 4.p = 2500 - p + 500 (from 1) p =600 Bc = 1900

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