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    I need help on this problem!!!

    Here's the question.

    "Can you spare some math for a Steer that's down on its luck?"
    "I need ta know how many people I has to mooch money from ta buy a cup a coffee? I needs 5.55 moola. I know dat may sound steep but it's one of those special blends. See, I'm not well. Things been rough for me. I only get a .25 of a moola from every4thperson that walks by. I got .45 moola already. I need ta know how many people will have to pass by before I can get a drink...UUURRR I mean coffee?"


    Moocho Meter: Now mooching from passer by number 1


    I've tried lots of times, but just can't get the right answer.
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    This is from absurdmath.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by awesomeone96 View Post
    Here's the question.

    "Can you spare some math for a Steer that's down on its luck?"
    "I need ta know how many people I has to mooch money from ta buy a cup a coffee? I needs 5.55 moola. I know dat may sound steep but it's one of those special blends. See, I'm not well. Things been rough for me. I only get a .25 of a moola from every4thperson that walks by. I got .45 moola already. I need ta know how many people will have to pass by before I can get a drink...UUURRR I mean coffee?"


    Moocho Meter: Now mooching from passer by number 1


    I've tried lots of times, but just can't get the right answer.
    _____________________________________


    This is from absurdmath.com
    Overlooking the frankly terrible standard of English in the question, I hope it was copied verbatim

    If he has 0.45 and he needs 5.5 that means he needs 5.5 - 0.45 = 5.05 more

    If he gets 0.25 from every fourth person then he needs \frac{5.05}{0.25} = 20.4 people to walk past. However three do not give anything so we multiply by 4 to represent this ratio 20.4 \times 4 = 80.8

    Since 0.8 of a person does not work then 81 people are needed
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    your solution makes complete sense but apparently the site says 81 is not the answer. i have no idea what is wrong.
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    Here is a hint I found on the site.

    He has .45 already and needs 5.55 total. Start by subtracting the two numbers. This is how much he has to mooch. One person, meaning you, has already passed by. He needs 3 more people to pass by before he will get another .25 moola. Subtract this from what he needs, then divide the remaining amount by .25; then round your answer up to the next whole number. Multiply this answer by 4 and add the 3 people that passed by for his first .25.

    I hope this helps!
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    I found it!!

    I was randomly putting in numbers around the 80s and it was 83.
    But now I need to figure out how you get 83.
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