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Problem of the Week
Problem B
Server Satisfaction

You’ve just enjoyed a delicious meal at a restaurant with your friend. The cost of the meal before tax and tip was \(\$35.10\).

  1. Suppose the tax is \(15\%\) of the total cost. Estimate the dollar amount of tax using a mental math strategy. Then calculate the actual dollar amount of tax, and total cost including tax.

  2. If you want to tip the server an additional \(20\%\) after tax, how much would you pay in total?

  3. How much change would you receive if you paid with a \(\$100\) bill?

Extension: Suppose you are a server. In general, when would you rather receive a \(\$20\) tip instead of \(20\%\) of your bill? Justify your thinking.

Theme: Number Sense