Posted by **Sam** on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 11:53pm.

Hi, here is a question and my answer I have done so far, not sure about the end result so any help appreciated

5a-2 (5+4a)=-9

Multiply out brackets 5a-10+8a =-9

Add 10, 5a+8a=1

Collect like terms 13a = -9

Divide by 13 = a =1/13

I am pretty sure the answer should be a = -1/3 but not sure how to get there, , thanks

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**Quidditch**, Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 11:59pm
You have an error in your first step when you multiplied:

-2(5 + 4a)

It is not -10 + 8a .

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**lily**, Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 12:22am
Salisbury High School decided to take their students on a field trip to a theme park. A total of 150 people went on the trip. Adults pay $45.00 for a ticket and students pay $28.50 for a ticket. How many students and how many adults went to the park if they paid a total of $4770

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**Reiny**, Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 8:06am
Please do not append a new question at the end of somebody else posting.

Your question will likely be passed over, since most tutors will not look at a posting if they see that it has been answered.

Your problem:

let number of adult tickets be a

let number of student tickets be 150-a

solve:

45a + 28.5(150-a) = 4770

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