Posted by **Leila** on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 9:52pm.

According to the 1990 Census, the population of the United States was 2.49 x 10^8. The cost of taking the census in 1990 was 2.6 x 10^9 dollars. How much did the census cost per person in the United States?

- Algebra 1- 8th Grade -
**no name**, Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 9:56pm
take the population divides the cost

- Algebra 1- 8th Grade -
**Name**, Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 10:29pm
x per y means x/y

Therefore, cost per person means cost/person = 2.6x10^9/2.49x10^8

- Algebra 1- 8th Grade -
**RickP**, Friday, May 1, 2009 at 2:17am
Without parentheses, you would divide 2.6 x 10^9 by 2.49, then multiply that result by 10^8.

So at a minimum you need to use one set of parentheses:

2.6 x 10^9 / (2.49 x 10^8)

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