# Can anyone please solve this problem with solution?A farmer grows strawberries. They cost him \$0.8 a basket to grow. He is able to sell only 85 percent of those he grows. If he sells his...

Can anyone please solve this problem with solution?

A farmer grows strawberries. They cost him \$0.8 a basket to grow. He is able to sell only 85 percent of those he grows. If he sells his strawberries at \$2.40 per basket, how many baskets must he grow to make a profit of \$2480?

justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

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The farmer requires \$0.8 to grow a basket of strawberries. He is able to sell them for \$2.4. Of the baskets of strawberries he grows 85% are sold. Let the number of baskets of strawberries he needs to grow to make a profit of \$2480 be x.

We get 0.85*2.4*x - 0.8*x = 2480

=> x(2.4*0.85 - 0.8) = 2480

=> x = 2480/1.24

=> x = 2000

The farmer needs to grow 2000 baskets of strawberries.

samir-aguiar | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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Assuming that you are talking about basket of strawberries (I don't think a single strawberry would cost 2.40, but if so the equation is the same).

Consider x as being the number of basket of strawberries produced. He sells only 85%, so he will sell 0.85*x. Also, he sells each basket for 2.40. Finally, the costs of production are 0.80 cents a basket, so we must do 0.80*x as the total costs.

The equation will be:

(0.85*2.40)*x - 0.80*x = 2480

2.04*x - 0.80*x = 2480 :: subtracting

1.24*x = 2480 :: dividing the second part by 1.24

x = 2000