# Algerbra

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George pays a flat amount for the first 200 minutes plus so much for each additional minute on his cellular phone each month. Last month it cost him \$33.78 for 244 minutes of use. The previous month it cost \$38.94 for 287 minutes of use. What are the flat rate and per minute charge for his phone service?

• Algerbra -

if f is the flat rate, and m the per-minute rate,

f+287m = 38.94
f+244m = 33.78

notice that an extra 43 minutes cost an extra \$5.16, or \$.12/min. So, now we know that

f+287(.12) = 38.94, so
f = 4.5

so, the flat rate is \$4.50

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