## anonymous one year ago A customer went to a garden shop and bought some potting soil for $17.50 and 4 shrubs. The total bill was$53.50. Write and solve an equation to find the price of each shrub

1. anonymous

$\frac{1}{4} (53.5\, -17.5)=9$

2. anonymous

What you need to do in these questions is take out the essential data as follows: potting soil = $17.50 number of shrubs = 4 total bill =$53.50. let x = a shrub therefore the total amount he spent was $17.50 + 4(x) =$53.50 Now we just use the rules of algebra to find the price of a shrub: First, subtract $17.50 from both sides as follows:$17.50 (-$17.50) + 4(x) =$ 53.50 - ($17.50) 4(x) =$36.00 dividing across by 4 we get 4(x)/4 = $36.00/4 x =$9