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Cashlin, these kind of problems involve converting the ratio or percentage into a number of people.  Check your numbers though, my math is giving me fractional people, which is always suspect in these kinds of problems).  There are often faster ways to do these kinds of problems for...

Edward,   1st, recognize that csc=1/sin and sec=1/cos.  So we can simplify the equation to sin(6b+pi/8)=cos(2b-pi/8).  Generally trig problems are easier if you convert everything to sines and cosines.   2nd, sin & cos are 90 degrees out of phase or pi/2...

Brenda, the key is to recognize that you need to convert the percentages into amounts.   You start with 2 quarts of liquid that is 25% antifreeze, or you have 2 x .25 = .5 quarts of antifreeze to start with.   You are going to add another amount of liquid that is 100% antifreeze...

Todd, the key is to translate the sentences into equations. Let's define L=Length of the rectangle and W=Width of the rectangle   The word "is" tells you where the equals sign is.   Your first sentence translates: (a rectangles length) [is] 8 cm more than...

Ivy,   In general, the formula for compound interest involves:   P(0)=Principal amount in the account at t=0 P(t)=Principal in the account at time = t t = time in years n= Number of times the account compounds per year r= annual interest rate (expressed...

Emily, the key is to turn this geometry problem into a 2-equation / 2-unknown algebra problem. A = Angle S = Supplement   A + S = 180 degrees (definition of supplementary angles) S = A - 78 (The supplement (S) has a measure (=) of the angle (A) less 78)   Substituting...

Emily,   First we need to calculate the painting "rate."  A rate is something like miles per hour, that is to say an amount of something (i.e. miles) done in a unit of time (i.e. minutes).  In this case our generic rate is painted-walls per minute per person. ...

Anna,   There is a good explanation of the model I'm using below at http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCsQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.csus.edu%2Findiv%2Fb%2Fblakeh%2Fmgmt%2Fdocuments%2FOPM101SupplC...

Esli,   First, the area of a rectangle is length (l) time width (w).  Now its not very useful to use l and w as the variables, but recognize that we can always swap l and w, that one will normally be larger and the other smaller.  So lets assume for the moment that the...

Esli,   The consecutive numbers must both be positive (given), so representing the two numbers as (n) and (n+1), if we multiply n by 3 we have 3*n*(n+1)=6, or if we multiply (n+1) by 3 we get n*3*(n+1)=6 and the left hand side is the same for both equations 3n^2+3n=6...

Jeff, I think you have an error in your transcription   Take a look at this link   http://www.numberempire.com/graphingcalculator.php?functions=%281%2Bsin%282*x%29%29%2F%281-sin%282*x%29%29%2C%28cot%282*x%29^2%29&xmin=-3&xmax=3&ymin=-3&ymax=3&var=x   I've...

Heather,   Drexel has a good webpage describing the calculations using matrix algebra at https://www.math.drexel.edu/~jwd25/LM_SPRING_07/lectures/Markov.html   If its a little to technical, I'll summarize as needed for your problem   Given a transition...

Heather,   We need a matrix where the items are each Probabilities (P), P(i,j), where P(1,2) is the probability of going from group 2 to group 1 in one step so P(F,C) is the probability from shifting from a Chevy to a Ford and P(F,F) is the probability of staying with a ford. ...

Vivian, this involves reverse engineering the solution.  In your previous problems you had a known sample size and wanted to compute the confidence interval, now you know the interval, and want to compute the sample size.   Standard Error of the Mean (SEM) = σ/√n   Confidence...

Vivian, the Standard error of the mean (SEM) is the standard deviation (s or σ) divided by the square root of the sample size or in this case σ/√n = 0.001/√8   Since we are given the population standard deviation (σ, rather than s), you can use a z-table value for the 99% confidence...

Vivian,   Generally, margin of error and confidence intervals require knowing not only the mean and the sample size, but the standard deviation (of either the population or the sample).   The formula for standard error of the mean is the standard deviation divided by the...

Fawzia,   The simplest approach is to think about what Shawn's hand can look like if he has only blue and yellow cards and five cards in his hand.   He can have 0 blue and 5 yellow 1 blue and 4 yellow 2 blue and 3 yellow 3 blue and 2 yellow 4 blue and...

Caleb, as I read this your second attempt 4x=(12)(6) gives x=18, but x≠OC, x=AC.   The secant formula is that the product of the full length of the secant from A to where it exits the Circle at B times the length of the secant from A to where it enters the circle at D is equal to the...