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    A computer manufacturer reduced the price of its model X computer by 3%. If the new price of the model X computer is $2489, the how much did the computer cost, in dollars, before its price was reduced? (Round to the nearest dollar)

    This problem is for extra points, that I really need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schatzle06 View Post
    A computer manufacturer reduced the price of its model X computer by 3%. If the new price of the model X computer is $2489, the how much did the computer cost, in dollars, before its price was reduced? (Round to the nearest dollar)

    This problem is for extra points, that I really need.
    X(.97) = amount the computer cost before the price was reduced.

    Or, 2489*(.03) = y; 2489 - y = same value.

    Answer: $2414.33; rounded to the nearest dollar = $2414
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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterShock View Post
    X(.97) = amount the computer cost before the price was reduced.

    Or, 2489*(.03) = y; 2489 - y = same value.

    Answer: $2414.33; rounded to the nearest dollar = $2414
    I don't agree with this Aftershock.

    They're asking for the price before reductions, and you came out with a cheaper price than after the reductions were applied!

    Let x be the original value of the computer.

    Since the price was $2489 after 3% was taken off the original price... we have..

    Original Price - (Reduction % * Original Price) = New Price

    So.
    x - .03x = 2489
    .97x = 2489
    x \approx 2566

    $2566
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    Indeed, misread the question. Thanks, Jacob.
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