Detailed Solutions to Practice #12

A large university employs 275 work study students. The 150 men that are employed take home a total of \$6,000 per week, and the 125 women earn \$5,625 per week. Who, on the average, makes more, a man or a woman?

Below is the detailed solution to this practice.

The first thing we need to do is set up a table for our information.

Money Earned (\$/week) Number of Persons Ratio
Men 6,000 150
Women 5,625 125

We need to determine the ratio that goes in the last column. We will use the ratio of Dollars a week/Size, or dollars per person.

 Ratio Dollars a week/person for men: Ratio Dollars a week/person for women:

We can now fill in the table:

Money Earned
(\$/week)
Number of Persons Ratio (dollars/person)
Men 6,000 150 \$40 a week/man
Women 5,625 125 \$45 a week/woman

When we compare these, we can see that, on the average, women earn more money per week then men do.

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