## Elementary Algebra

Let X represent his hourly wage. Since his hourly rate is X, two times his normal hourly rate means 2 $\times$ X = 2X. The first 40 hours, he earned his normal wage,so he earned 40 $\times$ X. For the other 8 hours, because he worked overtime, he earned double his hourly rate, which was 2X. So, for the other 8 hours, he earned 8 $\times$ 2X. In total, he earned 504. So: 40 $\times$ X + 8 $\times$ 2X = 504 40X + 16X = 504 56X = 504 Divide both sides by 56 X = 9