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# While Mel is on disability leave, his employer pays him a monthly disa

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Re: While Mel is on disability leave, his employer pays him a monthly disa [#permalink]
TBT wrote:
Someone please explain the language of this problem. Too confusing.Not able to form the equation.

While Mel is on disability leave, his employer pays him a monthly disability benefit equal to $1,200 plus 40% of the amount of his monthly salary in excess of$2,000. What is Mel's monthly salary?

His employer pays him a monthly disability benefit equal to $1,200 plus 40% of the amount of his monthly salary in excess of$2,000.

So Mel gets $$1,200 + 0.4(S - 2,000)$$, where S is Mel's salary.

For example, if his monthly salary is $5,000, then Mel gets$1,200 plus 40% of $3,000 (40% of the amount of his monthly salary in excess of$2,000): $$1,200 + 0.4(S - 2,000)=1,200 + 0.4(5,000 - 2,000)=1,200 + 0.4*3,000=2,400$$.

(1) Mel's monthly disability benefit from his employer is $1,600: $$1,200 + 0.4(S - 2,000)=1,600$$. We can get S. Sufficient, (2) Mel's monthly salary exceeds$2,500. Not sufficient.