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An item in a store was marked down 15%. If its sale price is $99.00, what was its...

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Posted March 5, 2013 at 11:24 PM via web

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An item in a store was marked down 15%. If its sale price is $99.00, what was its original price? 

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jgeertz | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted March 6, 2013 at 12:15 AM (Answer #1)

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If the item is marked off 15%, then you are paying 85% of the original price. Let `x` be the original price.

`.85(x) = 99`

Now simply divide both sides of the equation by .85

`(.85x)/.85 =99/.85`

`x= 116.4706`

`x= 116.47`

Let's check the answer.

`.85(116.47) = 99`

`99=99` Check

The original price of the item was $116.47

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