Basic College Mathematics (10th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0134467795
ISBN 13: 978-0-13446-779-5

Chapter 4 - Decimals - 4.5 Dividing Decimal Numbers - 4.5 Exercises - Page 305: 34


$\approx \$12.99$ per meter

Work Step by Step

We see that Marcella bought 2.6 meters of fabric for $\$33.77$. To find out the cost per meter, we divide: $2.6\overline{)33.77}$ We move the decimal point one place to the right to simplify the division: $~~~~~~~~12.988$ $26\overline{)337.700}$ $~~~~~~\underline{26}$ $~~~~~~~~~77$ $~~~~~~~~~\underline{52}$ $~~~~~~~~~257$ $~~~~~~~~~\underline{234}$ $~~~~~~~~~~~230$ $~~~~~~~~~~~\underline{208}$ $~~~~~~~~~~~~~220$ $~~~~~~~~~~~~~\underline{208}$ $~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~12$ We can stop the division with the remainder of 12 because we only need to round to the nearest cent ($\$0.01$): $12.988\approx \$12.99$ per meter
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