anonymous
  • anonymous
I've been trying to figure this out for a long time. Maya and Sally were the two finalists in a singing competition. The person with the most votes from the audience was chosen as the winner. Sally received 25% of the total votes and lost by 62,500 votes. No person in the audience was allowed to vote more than once. The equation below represents this situation, where y is the total number of votes cast and x is the number of votes Maya received. x - 62,500 = 0.25y If a total of 125,000 people voted, how many votes did Maya receive? Do not enter comma for placeholder values.
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anonymous
  • anonymous
Solve for x by plugging in y: x - 62,500 = 0.25(125,000) x - 62,500 = 31,250 x = 93,750
anonymous
  • anonymous
how do you do that? I'm really confused. Can you do it for me?
anonymous
  • anonymous
Solve for x by plugging in y: x - 62,500 = 0.25(125,000) (multiply the total amount of voters by the percent sally received) x - 62,500 = 31,250 (add 62,500 to each side to get x alone) x = 93,750 = Number of votes Maya received

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anonymous
  • anonymous
so the final answer is 93,750
anonymous
  • anonymous
thats how many votes maya received yes
anonymous
  • anonymous
but since you aren't supposed to put place holders it'd be 93750

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