Mom pays $50.15 at a restaurant that included the meal and an 18% tip. What was the price of the meal alone? I know the answer is $42.50 but I don't know how to do the calculation.

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41.12 + 18% is $48.52. The Final amount paid for the bill is $50.15. Right?

42.50 = 18% (7.65) = 50.15. I just don't know how to get the 42.50 number to start with.

\[P(1.18)=50.15\]
\[P=50.15\div 1.18\]

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