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### Course: Algebra (all content)>Unit 15

Lesson 3: Word problems with multiple units

# Multiple units word problem: road trip

Sal solves a word problem where he finds the cost of gas in a road trip given the car's fuel efficiency, length of the trip, and price of gas. Created by Sal Khan.

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• Why is "x per y" the same thing as "x/y"?
• "x per y" defines a rate. Rates are just a specialized usage of fractions. The division symbol in the fraction goes where the word "per" is located. So "x per y" = "x/y"
• Is it just me or does it seem like Sal is making things a lot more complicated? I did the problem before Sal showed how to do it and it took a lot shorter because I just divided 400 by 25, then multiplied 16 by 3. Sorry I'm not trying to be rude or anything, but it just seems like it could be quite a bit easier
• I need help with this problem that I am not understanding:
If I place 1 cent on the first square of a chess board, 2 cents on the second square, and keep doubling the amount of each square, how much money will be on the 20th square?
• You would just double the number that you have every time until you have 20 different numbers. Eg: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, etc. until you have 20 numbers.
• Omar is going on a road trip! The car rental company offers him two types of cars. Each car has a fixed price, but he also needs to consider the cost of fuel.
The first car costs \$90 to rent, and because of its fuel consumption rate, there's an additional cost of \$0.50 per kilometer driven.
The graph of the cost of the second car (in dollars) as a function of the distance driven (in kilometers) is shown below.
• A school has two types of rooms: rooms for smaller classes with 2 windows and rooms for bigger classes with 3 windows. There are 58 windows in the school, and 25 rooms. How many rooms are for smaller classes?
• Let 𝑆 be the number of rooms for smaller classes, and 𝐵 the number of rooms for bigger classes.

The total number of rooms is
𝑆 + 𝐵 = 25

The total number of windows is
2𝑆 + 3𝐵 = 58

From the first equation we get
𝐵 = 25 − 𝑆

Plugging this into the second equation we get
2𝑆 + 3(25 − 𝑆) = 58 ⇒ 𝑆 = 17

So, there are 17 rooms for smaller classes.
• wouldnt it be 25/1 and not 1/25 because of unit rate?
• if you have trouble understanding turn on subtitles it helps a lot
• I don't understand to know whether to use gallons per mile or miles per gallon, or dollars per mile. how do I know the unit to put as the numerator or the denominator?
• And really, if you just divide 400 by 25, you will get the number of gallons, and then from there multiply the gallons by the dollars and you will get your answer. Hope this helps😊
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• How do you know when you need to multiply or divide? I realize you can do it intuitively, like if the unit you're converting to is larger (say, g -> kg), you would divide; if kg -> g, would multiply. But is there a rule to know which way to go, say if we didn't know the relative size of each unit.

Here's an example of a problem that confused me in this way if you'd like to help (particularly the 9000 min -> x days portion). Thank you.

http://imgur.com/9gEaLr6
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• Unfortunately, you must know the relative size, before you decide which operation you need to convert (multiply or divide). Then, if you like to convert the larger unit into the smaller unit, you multiply. Such as how many hours in 3 days? You must multiply 3 x 24 = 72. In the reverse, if you like to convert the smaller unit into the large unit, you must divide. Such as: How many days for 72 hours. You divide 72 by 24 (since 1 day = 24 hours).

Now, I am having a question for you: Why you posted this same question 15 times? I think this is consider inappropriate post according to the site management.