I'm extremely thick headed for some reason so help would be appreciated.
Ok so lets say I paid $22.69 for a pizza. The sale tax rate is 8%. Now I need to find the price of the pizza alone.
My question is, why can't I just subtract 8% from the 22.69 to get my answer? When I read the problem, that's the first solution my brain comes up with (to just subtract 8% off the price that already has 8% added to it.)
Yeah I have the proper way to do the problem right in my book, I've done a dozen problems like this.
It's just that now I'm at a word problem section and I don't understand WHY I have to do it that way. When I read it as a word problem, my first instinct is to find 8% of the $22.69 and subtract it off the $22.69. I know it sounds crazy, I just can't figure out WHY I have to do that way and it's really getting under my skin lol.