# Need help with a word problem

#### dotsoma

##### New member
I am having a problem putting this is a linear equation can you help please
The total bill for a restaurant meal, including 8% tax and 15% tip (both on only the cost of the meal) was $9.84. What was the cost of the meal? #### royhaas ##### Full Member 9.84 = meal + (0.08)meal + (0.15)meal. #### dotsoma ##### New member the answer is$8.00 but i do not see how it could be that.

$9.84=mealx + (.08)mealx + (.15)mealx$9.84=mealx + .23mealx

I get stuck here.

#### pka

##### Elite Member
$$\displaystyle \L \begin{array}{l} 1m + .23m = 1.23m \\ \frac{{9.84}}{{1.23}} = ? \\ \end{array}$$

#### Denis

##### Senior Member
dotsoma said:
the answer is \$8.00 but i do not see how it could be that.
WHY do you not see "how it could be that" :?:

8 * .08 = .64
8 * .15 = 1.20
.64 + 1.20 = 1.84 :idea: