Posted by Joel on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 1:05pm.
Mr T's salary is $800 less than 3 times of his wife's salary. His wife's salary is 4/10 as much as his. how much is their total monthly salary?(nonalgebra method pls)

Maths  bobpursley, Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 1:13pm
3W800=T
W=4/10 T
can you take if from here/ 
Maths  Joel, Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 1:23pm
I'm sorry, I can't get it, pls help clarify. thanks

Maths  Reiny, Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 3:58pm
bobpursley had this:
Wife's salary = W
Mr T;s salary = 3W  800
then it said: "His wife's salary is 4/10 as much as his" > W = (4/10)T , again as bobpursley told you
but T = 3W800
so
W = (4/10)(3W800)
times 10
10W = 4(3W800)
10W = 12W  3200
3200 = 2W
W = 1600
then T = 3(1600) 800 = 4000
check: is 1600 equal to 4/10 of 4000 ?