Mrs. Barns earns a base salary of plus a 1.5% commission on sales. Her total sales one year were $700,000. How do you find her total pay for the year?

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Jul 6, 2017

Answer:

See a solution process below:

Explanation:

Mrs. Barns total salary can be written as:

#t = b + (c * s)#

Where:

#t# is Mrs. Barns total pay for the year

#b# is Mrs. Barns base salary

#c# is Mrs. Barns commission rate. In this problem: 1.5%. "Percent" or "%" means "out of 100" or "per 100", Therefore 1.5% can be written as #1.5/100# or #15/1000#.

#s# is the total sales for the year. In this problem: $700,000

Substituting the information from the problem gives:

#t = b + (15/1000 * $700,000)#

#t = b + ($10,500,000)/1000#

#t = b + $10,500#

Mrs. barns total pay would be the $10,500 from commissions plus her base salary.