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How do I do this problem:

Chelsea sold baked goods to raise money for various charitable organizations. She gave a third of the money raised to the American Red Cross. Then gave a fourth of that money to United Way. THEN gave half of the money to Twin city Missions. If Twin City Missions received $200, how much money did Chelsea have in the beginning?

  • algebra -

    Let X = beginning amount

    I assume that the first two are proportions of the grand total and the last is a proportion of the remainder.

    (X - 1/3 X - 1/4 X)/2 = $200

    Solve for X.

    I hope this helps. Thanks for asking.

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