# Math-which is correct

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1 euro is worth 1.2 U.S dollars
if I budget 150\$ per night for a hotel room. What is the maximum number of euros I should spend for a room?

My answer is 108 euros as a maximum (with an actual number of 107.425)

Correct???

* Math-check my answer - DrBob222, Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 4:09pm

I get a different number.
\$150 x (1 euro/\$1.20) =

* Math-check my answer - Christy, Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 4:25pm

Bob are you getting 180 euros ?
That was my first answer but it looked wrong

* Math-check my answer - DrBob222, Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 4:28pm

No. Are you using a calculator. 150/1.2 = 125.

* Math-check my answer - Ms. Sue, Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 4:30pm

Yes, Christy, \$180 is correct.

Think of it this way. If you buy a cup of coffee for 1 Euro, you're spending U.S. \$1.20. As DrBob showed, you multiply the number of Euros by the amount you paid in U.S. dollars for each Euro.

* Math-check my answer - Christy, Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 4:43pm

So she should only spend 125 euros that would be the equivalent of 150\$ US ?

I am confused as to what the true answer should be ?

• Math-which is correct - ,

Are you in a country which requires VAT at 16.36%? Or in a state which levies sales taxes on hotel rooms?

• Math-which is correct - ,

this example is just a math story problem. not based on any real life situation.

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I think there is a confusion with the budget.
If the budget is US\$150, and the conversion is 1€=US\$1.20, then the budget is US\$150*(1.00€/US\$1.20)
=125€
Note how the US\$ cancel out to leave &euro as the unit.

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I'm sorry -- but it looks like I was wrong in my previous answer.

Check this site for a computerized answer.

http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi

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Please note that it will give you a number in Euros at today's exchange rate -- which is a little different than the one given in your problem. But it should point you in the right direction.