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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## GMAT PREP.... ##### This topic has expert replies Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Posts: 12 Joined: 29 Apr 2008 ### GMAT PREP.... by maya2008 » Sat May 10, 2008 12:08 pm Hey guys, This question seems easy but from some reason I couldn't solve it...plz help A certain phone company offers two plans A and B. Under plan A, the company charges a total of 0.6 for the first 7 min. of each call and$0.06 per minute thereafter. Under plan B the company charges $0.08 per minute of each call. what is the duration of call, in minutes, for which the company charges the same amount under plan A and under plan B? I got this equation: 0.6*7 + (x-7)*0.06 = 0.08*x that is probably a mistake....right? GMAT Instructor Posts: 189 Joined: 01 May 2008 Location: Seattle, WA Thanked: 25 times Followed by:1 members GMAT Score:750+ by VP_Tatiana » Sat May 10, 2008 5:46 pm Your equation looks great! Now you just need to solve for x.... We start with: 0.6*7 + (x-7)*0.06 = 0.08*x Multiply out to get: 4.2 + 0.06x - 0.42 = 0.08x Combine like terms: 3.78 = 0.02x Multiply everything by 100: 378=2x Divide by 2: 189 = x So, the calls cost the same when you talk for 189 minutes. Best wishes, Tatiana Tatiana Becker | GMAT Instructor | Veritas Prep Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Posts: 12 Joined: 29 Apr 2008 ### Thank you But...there is not answer of 189... by maya2008 » Sat May 10, 2008 7:30 pm Thank you Tatiana... I got 189 also... I forgot to post the answers: A)2 B)9 C)15 D)21 E)30 and the correct answer btw is: B)9 is that weird or am I missing something? GMAT Instructor Posts: 189 Joined: 01 May 2008 Location: Seattle, WA Thanked: 25 times Followed by:1 members GMAT Score:750+ by VP_Tatiana » Sat May 10, 2008 8:55 pm It seems that the answer choices do not correspond to this problem. If you plug in 9 to your algebraic expression, you do not get an equality. Best wishes, Tatiana Tatiana Becker | GMAT Instructor | Veritas Prep Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Posts: 6 Joined: 14 Apr 2008 Thanked: 2 times by Luca80 » Sun May 11, 2008 2:13 am read carefully the text A certain phone company offers two plans A and B. Under plan A, the company charges a total of 0.6 for the first 7 min. of each call and$0.06 per minute thereafter...

so the equation is, in cents

60 + (t-7) * 6 =8t

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### ohhhh

by maya2008 » Sun May 11, 2008 2:48 am
Tricky... Thank You For Enlightening Me

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by aj5105 » Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:39 pm
0.60 + 0.06 T -0.42 = .08T

T= 9

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by aj5105 » Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:39 pm
0.60 + 0.06 T -0.42 = .08T

T= 9

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by alexdallas » Sat Jul 04, 2009 8:24 am
wowww

now thats a tricky one
i was puzzled too

tks guys

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### Re: GMAT PREP....

by real2008 » Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:27 am
maya2008 wrote:Hey guys,

This question seems easy but from some reason I couldn't solve it...plz help

A certain phone company offers two plans A and B. Under plan A, the company charges a total of 0.6 for the first 7 min. of each call and $0.06 per minute thereafter. Under plan B the company charges$0.08 per minute of each call. what is the duration of call, in minutes, for which the company charges the same amount under plan A and under plan B?

I got this equation:
0.6*7 + (x-7)*0.06 = 0.08*x

that is probably a mistake....right?
yeah! it is.

For option a: for x mins total cost= 0.6+(x-7)*0.06 [where, x>=7]
For option b: for x mins total cost= 0.08*x

now 0.6+(x-7)*0.06=0.08*x

solve it.

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by ghacker » Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:01 pm
This is a very very simple question

If one reads the stimulus , one can see that plan A charges $0.6 of the 1st 7 min and plan B charges$0.08 per min since 0.6 is not divisible by 0.08

we know that the time is greater than 7 min

the value which is common to both plan A and Plan B is 0.72

Plan A ------> 0.6+0.06*2 =0.72 ( 9 mins )

Plan B ---------> 0.08*9 = 0.72

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by Musiq » Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:39 pm
ghacker wrote:This is a very very simple question

If one reads the stimulus , one can see that plan A charges $0.6 of the 1st 7 min and plan B charges$0.08 per min since 0.6 is not divisible by 0.08

we know that the time is greater than 7 min

the value which is common to both plan A and Plan B is 0.72

Plan A ------> 0.6+0.06*2 =0.72 ( 9 mins )

Plan B ---------> 0.08*9 = 0.72
Ghacker; it's really counter-productive to the spirit of this website to keep saying "This question is very very simple" all the time.

This question is very very simple for "you"; but for folks preparing for this test it may be disheartening to hear that.

You are a great contributor to this board; I hope you can change the tone of your posts to more encouraging than pedantic.

Sincerely,
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by gabriel » Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:50 pm
I agree with Musiq.

For anyone practising the GMAT to read that they could not solve "a very very simple question" is quite dissappointing.

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