I am in the process of reviewing some Algebra that I'll need to know for my next school year and I am wondering if someone can help me out with a word problem that I am confused with.
Here is what is says:
One employee of a retail electronics store is paid a base salary of $1200 a month plus a 3% commission on sales she makes during the month. What were her sales last month if she earned a total of $1828.17?
Now I will do my best to explain how I think the problem should be solved:
Since we need to find out what the employee's sales were for the last month, we first subtract her monthly salary from her last month's earnings:
Now we are left with $628.17, which is how much she earned without her monthly salary added in (obviously).
What is the next step that I should take? Do I multiply $628.17 by 197% or is that way off track?
I would really appreciate it if someone gave me the steps I would need to take in order to complete a problem such as this.
Thank you very much for your time!
Your first step is exactly right. The $628.17 is the 3% commission on total sales (T).
T * .03 = $628.17
Divide both sides by .03 and you get T = $20939.