Posted by **Bob** on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 3:57am.

As an invesment Mrs. Astor purchased 2 paintings. She later sold the two paintings for $24,000 each. On one painting she made a 20% profit, but on the other she esperienced a 20% loss. Mrs. Astor lost__________ on her investments in the 2 paintings.

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**Reiny**, Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 9:25am
Purchase price of first :

1.2x = 24000

x = 24000/1.2 = 20,000

purchase price of 2nd:

.8y = 24000

y = 24000/.8 = 30,000

total purchase price = 50,000

total selling price = 48.000

** loss on investment = 50000-48000 = 2,000**

check:

on first:

profit = 4000

percentage profit = 4000/20000 = .2 or 20%

on 2nd:

loss = 6000

percentage loss = 6000/3000 = .2 or 20%

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