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# There were 36,000 hardback copies of a certain novel sold

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There were 36,000 hardback copies of a certain novel sold before the paperback version was issued. From the time the first paperback copy was sold until the last copy of the novel was sold. 9 times as many paperback copies as hardback copies were sold. If a total of 441,000 copies of the novel were sold in all, how many paperback copies were sold?
(A) 45,000
(B) 360,000
(C) 364,500
(D) 392,000
(E) 396,900
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31 Jan 2005, 21:59
(C)

36,000+9x+x=441,000
x=40,500
9x=364,500
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01 Feb 2005, 01:25
Darn!
How come you didn't get tricked?

I made mistake on this one. I created an equation as

9*(36,000 + x) = y
(36,000 + x) + y = 441,000

(x=hardback ; y=paperback)

How do you know "\$36,000" does not count in the "9 times" part?

OA is (C) by the way.
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01 Feb 2005, 08:37
36000 was before they start paperbacks.
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01 Feb 2005, 09:16
"C".

x + 9x + 36000 = 441000

x = 40500

9x = 364000
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01 Feb 2005, 13:10
C. solved it as above...
01 Feb 2005, 13:10
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