How many hours have to be spent doing a pet care job and how many hours babysitting in the following scenario:You can work 20 hrs. a week, & you need to earn $175. Your babysitting job  pays...

How many hours have to be spent doing a pet care job and how many hours babysitting in the following scenario:

You can work 20 hrs. a week, & you need to earn $175. Your babysitting job  pays $8 per hr. & your pet care job pays $9.50/ hr.

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

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You can babysit and earn $8 per hour and the pet care job pays $9.5 per hour. You have 20 hours in all to work. Let the time put in babysitting be B. So the time for the pet care job is 20 - B.

The total payment you receive is 8*B + 9.5*(20 - B). This has to make $175

So 8*B + 9.5*(20 - B) = 175

=> 8B + 190 - 9.5B = 175

=> 1.5B = 15

=> B = 15/1.5

=> B = 10

Therefore you can babysit for 10 hours and do the pet care job for 10 hours and earn $175.

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neela | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The earning in 20 hours in a week is $175. The hourly rate of babysitting job is $8 per hour and the pet care job  pays at $9.50.

Let the job of babysitting be done x hours. Then the payment for x hours is $8x.

Then the job of pet care is done for 20-x hours. The earning for 20-x hours is $(20-x)9.5.

So the total  earning  for both jobs for 20 hours is 8x+(20-x)*9.5. This is actually $175.

8x+(20-x)*9.5 = 175.

8x-9.5x +20*9.5 = 175.

-1.5x + 190 = 175.

-1.5x = 175-190 = -15.

x = -15/-1.5 = 10 hours. So you have to  work around  10 hours of babysitting and 20-110= 910hours in pet care job.

This gets you 10*8+10*9.5 = $175.

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