Dear Math Central, I am writing this as a Mom, who has been away from Honors Algebra for many years. Please help, since I am not sure how to tackle this problem. The question involves baseball hits for Jimmy, a team player.
12.5% of his hits were homeruns
Jimmy had 82 singles
He did not have any triples
How many hits did Jimmy have? (Be sure to include the equation that represents the number of hits)
What is Jimmy's Total Bases Statistic
There are 4 kinds of hits, singles, doubles, tripples and homeruns. Jimmy has no tripples so his hits are either singles, doubles or homeruns. One seventh of his hits are doubles and 12.5% of his hits are homeruns, thus
The rest of his hits, 82 of them, are singles so the fraction of his hits that are singles is
Let x be the number of hits that Jimmy got, then
Once yopu know x you can find the number of doubles, one seventh of x, and the number of homeruns, 12.5% of x.
The formula in the "Extra" section looks strange. Should it be
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