A cell phone distributor earns a yearly salary of $28,000 plus a 17.5% commission on sales. How do you find the total earnings for a year when the sales are $38,000?

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Sep 5, 2015

Answer:

The distributor earned #$34,460# in that year.

Explanation:

The key ot this problem is to use the #17.5%# percent commission to figure out how much money the distributor would make from sales alone.

A #17.5%# commission means that the distributor gets #$17.5# for every #$100# worth of sales.

This means that the sales alone would bring him

#38,000color(red)(cancel(color(black)("$ sales"))) * "$17.5"/(100color(red)(cancel(color(black)("$ sales")))) = $6,460#

If you take into account his salary, the distributor's total earnings will amount to

#"earnings" = $28,000 + $6,460 = color(green)($34,460)#