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1. The 10" pizza sells for $ 3.99 at my favorite pizza store. The store claims they have a great deal on the large 12" pizza, which is specially priced at $ 4.31. What is the per cent discount the store is offering?

Answer: 25

Solution:

The small pizza has a diameter of 10" and therefore an area proportional to 102.

The large pizza has a diameter of 12" and therefore an area proportional to 122.

If the pizzas are priced in accordance with their areas, then

Price of large pizza / Price of small pizza = (12 / 10)2 = 1.44 or

Price of large pizza = 1.44 × 3.99 = 5.75.

Thus, Discount on large pizza = [1 − (4.31 / 5.75)] × 100 = 25 %.

Food for thought:

Can you think of items which are priced in accordance with their weights or volumes?

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