Math CentralQuandaries & Queries


Question from Kelly, a student:

Raja has been offered two jobs.
Each of these jobs takes 24 weeks to complete.
One job pays $3440 every 8 weeks. The other job pays $2700 every 6 weeks.
Raja wants to accept the job that pays more per week.
Show how to use equations to help Raja make her choice.

Hi Kelly,

The units tell you what you need to do. Raja wants to accept the job that pays the most dollars per week. For each of the two offers take the number of dollars offered and divide by the number of weeks over which that amount is paid to find the number of dollars per week.


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