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1) Amani and Jaylin both take the bus to work every weekday.

Amani buys the
30-day unlimited MetroCard at the beginning of the month, which costs $121.
Jaylin pays cash, which costs $2.75 per ride.

a. Write an equation that would determine how many times Amani and
Jaylin would need to ride to pay the same amount of money.

b. Verify that 44 is a solution to the equation.

c. If they both use the bus twice a day (including weekends), how much
more money does Jaylin spend by the end of the month?

2) Nakia and Kiran are both buying the same $20 000 car. Nakia has $4 000
for a down payment, which means a monthly payment of $288 dollars. Kiran
has $15 000 for a down payment, which means a monthly payment of $90.

a. Write an equation that would determine after how many months Nakia
and Kiran pay the same amount of money.

b. Verify that 55 5/9 is a solution to the equation.

c. Car loans typically last for 60 months. Who pays more by the end of the
loan, and how much?

3) Hikaru and Álex both cook rice every day for their families for dinner.
Hikaru has a Costco membership ($60) and buys 50 pound bags of rice for
$25 each. Álex buys 20 pound bags of rice for $18 each at the supermarket.

a. Write an equation that would determine how many pounds of rice
Hikaru and Álex would buy before they spend the same amount of
money.

b. Verify that 55 5/9 is a solution to the equation.

c. Hikaru and Álex use 4 pounds of rice a week. How long would it take
until they pay the same amount?
4) Dominique and Taylor are neighbors with similar size houses. Dominique’s
electric bill is $300 a month. Taylor has just installed solar panels which cost
$10 000. They bring Taylor’s electric bill down to $152 a month.

a. Write an equation that would determine how many months it would take
for the neighbors to have paid the same amount.

b. Verify that 2500/37 is a solution to the equation.

c. Solar panels are typically rated to last for 20 years. How large will the
difference between their electric costs be after that time?


5) Dallas and Jaci are former roommates who are moving out. Dallas is
planning to buy an apartment, paying $50 000 for a downpayment and
paying $1182 for the monthly mortgage payment. Jaci is going to rent an
apartment for $1800 a month.

a. Write an equation that would determine how many months it would take
for the neighbors to have paid the same amount.

b. Verify that 25000/309 is a solution to the equation.

c. A mortgage typically lasts 30 years. What would the difference be
between Dallas and Jaci’s housing costs after that time, assuming Jaci’s
rent never changed?


6) Angel and Ivory are buying new cell phone plans. Angel’s plan costs $80 a
month for unlimited data. Ivory’s plan costs $20 a month and an extra $15 for
every GB of data used.

a. Write an equation that would determine how much data they need to
use to spend the same amount.

b. Verify that 4 GB is a solution to the equation.

c. Ivory starts off using only 1 GB the first month, but uses more every
month after that. (2 GB the second month, 3 GB the third month, and so
on.) After how many months will Ivory have spent more money than
Angel?