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Rational number word problem: cab

Budgeting money is one of the most valuable math skills you'll learn. Practice with us as we figure out how much money is left after a cab fare. Created by Sal Khan.

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  • leafers seedling style avatar for user TreeSquid
    I did this a completely different way. I personally found this video a tad confusing, however I understand there are multiple ways of doing math.
    What I did was 5 miles X $2.50 = 12.5 (now you got the only number you don't know)

    Next I just did this: $20 - $2.50 (cab fee) - $12.5 - $1 (tip) = $4
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  • starky tree style avatar for user Echo 2-1
    Why are there 7 videos in a row? does anyone else have it like this with 7 videos in a row?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user brandon tam
    could it also be done like this?
    $20-$2.50 = $17.50
    $17.50 - ( $2.50x5)
    = $5 - $1
    =$4
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  • blobby blue style avatar for user zain
    I got this question: to take the taxi, it costs $3.00 plus an additional $2.00 per mile traveled. you spent exactly $20 on a taxi, which includes a $1 tip left.

    then it asks me how much miles I have left


    I am soo confused
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  • boggle purple style avatar for user MR.DeLange
    guys I just noticed sal is secretly using a calculator!
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  • hopper cool style avatar for user Pooch101
    Why are there so many videos on just one topic? i think i get it my the second or third video.
    (2 votes)
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  • marcimus purple style avatar for user Micah Meza
    i think this is easy but sometimes the rounding is hard for me. i just don't like the rounding at all😐
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  • starky ultimate style avatar for user Curt
    Michael just finished a great meal in a restaurant in Wisconsin. The sales tax in Wisconsin is 5% and it is customary to leave a tip of 15% for the waiter. The tip amount is calculated on the price of the meal before the tax is applied. Sales tax is not calculated on tips.
    If Michael left $18 on the table to cover his meal, tax, and tip, what was the price of his meal before tax and tip?

    "Adding 20 percent to an amount is the same as multiplying that amount by 1.20" ---This hint threw me off, I have no idea how to get the decimal 1.20, and it doesn't really tell you why or how. Also, I got it wrong because I did something like this 18 - (18*0.2) = 14.4. The rest of the hints explain it well but that one point I'm not getting.
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    • blobby green style avatar for user Harrison Sona Ndalama
      let's call P the price of the meal before tax and tip.
      Together, the tip and tax are 20% but it's important to remember that the tip and tax are calculated on the price before tax and tip (P). $18 is the price after tip and tax. Using your method this would be expressed as
      P + (P*0.2)=18
      P + 0.2P =18
      1.2P = 18

      can you see what the hint is trying to tell you?
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  • orange juice squid orange style avatar for user TrainMaster19
    plz help. I don't understand any of theese, and they are non-relevant to the lesson
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    • starky tree style avatar for user Unknown
      Sandy has 20 dollars.
      Here's one way we can do it.
      Sandy enters the cab. Now she has $17.50 ($20-$2.50)
      Sandy goes 5 miles. Now she has $5 ($17.50-($2.50 times 5))
      Sandy gives a 1 dollar tip. Now she has $4 ($5-$4)
      Sandy has $4.
      Here's another way to do it.
      Sandy enters the cab.
      Sandy goes 5 miles.
      Sandy gives a $1 tip.
      $2.50+($2.50x5)+$1=$16
      $20-$16=$4
      Sandy has $4.
      All we're doing is subtracting how much Sandy pays from how much she starts with.
      (1 vote)
  • aqualine tree style avatar for user Kaden Dennis
    At pm I was concerned on how to do a multi-step problem with an fraction.
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Video transcript

Sandy is taking a cab in New York City. The taxi fare includes a base charge of $2.50 as soon as you enter the cab, plus an additional $2.50 per mile traveled. If Sandy starts off with a $20 bill, takes the cab for five miles, and leaves a $1 tip, how much money will she be left with? Well let's first just think about how much this five mile cab ride is going to cost her. So cab-- I'll call it the cab fare. So it's going to be $2.50 just when you get into the cab, plus $2.50 per mile. Well she's going to go for 5 miles-- let me write it this way-- times $2.50 per miles. So the cab fare here is just going to be $2.50, this $2.50, plus 5 times $2.50. Let's see, 5 times $2.50, that is $12.50. So this is plus $12.50. $2.50 plus $12.50 is going to be $15. So just the cab fare is going to be $15. And then Sandy gives a $1 tip. So fare plus tip is going to be equal to the cab fare $15 plus $1 which is equal to $16. So then answering the question, how much money would she be left with with a $20 bill? Well we could write her change is going to be, she's going to give a $20 bill, the fare plus tip is $16, minus $16. So she's going to have $4 left in change.