Posted by Esther on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 8:55pm.
Harry spent one third of his money on a hat, 1/6 on socks, and $12.00 on a tie. How much money did Harry spend?

math  Dan, Monday, February 28, 2011 at 9:02pm
Not enough information. However, if the problem gave Harry's total amount of money, or a percentage based on the 12 dollars spent, it would be solvable. Think about how you would solve it if this information was given.

math  kyle, Monday, February 28, 2011 at 10:34pm
that is all the information given

math  Helper, Monday, February 28, 2011 at 11:01pm
Assuming he spent all his money,
x = Money he started with
1/3 x = spent on hat
1/6 x = spent on socks
12 = spent on a tie
Total spent = 1/3 x + 1/6 x + 12
Total spent = 2/6 x + 1/6 x + 12
Total spent = 3/6 x + 12
Money he started with  Total spent = 0
x  (3/6 x + 12) = 0
6/6 x  3/6 x  12 = 0
3/6 x  12 = 0
3/6 x = 12
Multiply both sides by 6
3x = 72
x = 24 money he started with
1/3 x = 1/3 (24) = 8 hat
1/6 x = 1/6 (24) = 4 socks
Tie = 12
8 + 4 + 12 = 24 spent
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