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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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