Posted by **lisa** on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 3:09pm.

rudy went to the mall to spend some of his money he earned. he spent 1/3 of his money o n a new shirt. He then went to to the music store and bought a cd with 1/3 he had left. At dvds to go he bought a dvd with 1/3 of the money he had left. He stopped once more and bought a book with 1/3 of his remaining. Rudy came home with just $16.00left. how much did he start with?

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**bobpursley**, Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 3:19pm
Let M be the money he earned.

2/3 M is what he has left after new shirt.

2/3*2/3 M is what he has left after cd.

2/3*2/3*2/3M is what he has left after dvd.

16=(2/3)^4 M

M= 16*(3/2)^4=16*81/16=81

check that.

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**lisa**, Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 3:23pm
how do you get back from 81/1 to 16/1

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**bobpursley**, Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 3:47pm
16*81/16... the 16/16 divides to 1, leaving 81

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**nick**, Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 9:00pm
what's the final answer??

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**De"Andra**, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 4:34pm
well youleft out the one third of the money from the book store

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