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The price of a hat is reduced by a% from its regular price, and then is raised by a% from the reduced price. If the resulting price is an 81% discount from the regular price, what is a?

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    I will let a be the decimal (not the %) discount.

    New price = P'
    Original price = P
    P' = (1-a)P*(1+a) = 0.19 P
    (81% final discount)
    Then
    1 - a^2 = 0.19

    a = 0.9

    The "a" discount is 90%

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