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Posted by **Linda** on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 8:56pm.

- Algebra word problem/Splitting the Cost -
**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 9:00pm30 * 9 = ?

- Algebra word problem/Splitting the Cost -
**Linda**, Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 9:02pmThere has to be an initial step because first there was 20 students

- Algebra word problem/Splitting the Cost -
**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 9:05pmOops! Sorry -- I didn't read the word "by."

Please repost your question so a real math tutor can respond.

- Algebra word problem/Splitting the Cost -
**Linda**, Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 9:06pmSo what is the first step in figuring it out????

- Algebra word problem/Splitting the Cost -
**Steve**, Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 11:45amThe first step in solving a word problem is always to organize the information you have, and put it into equations to solve.

Let c be the cost per student originally.

The cost of the bus has not changed, so the cost/student * the number of students has not changed:

20c = 30(c-9)

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