• Steven ReynoldsSteven Reynolds, 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

    Took me a while, too.

    The issue is with "the bat is $1.00 more than the ball." We assume that means price-of-bat is $1.00. It really means price-of-bat = price-of-ball + $1.00. Our brains want to simplify total-cost to price-of-ball + $1.00, but the true cost is price-of-ball + (price-of-ball + $1.00).

    If ball is $0.05, then bat is $1.05 (that is, $0.05 + $1.00), bringing the total to $1.10.

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    • Bryce DriesengaBryce Driesenga, 7 years ago

      Ooh, that makes so much more sense now, haha. Definitely was interpreting that $1.00 more statement incorrectly.

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