# simultaneous equations in word form (2)

#### CSmith

##### Member
The wage bill for six women and five men is \$670. The bill for eight men and three women is \$610. Find the wages of (1) a man and (b) a woman.

i set it up like this :

6x+5y=670
3x+8y=610

did i set it up right because word questions confuses me .

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#### MarkFL

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Staff member
Yes, you have set it up correctly.

#### CaptainBlack

##### Well-known member
The wage bill for six women and five men is \$670. The bill for eight men and three women is \$610. Find the wages of (1) a man and (b) a woman.

i set it up like this :

6x+5y=670
3x+8y=610

did i set it up right because word questions confuses me .
When setting up the equations you might find it more intuitive to use m and w for the wages of men and women repetitively (you should also at a minimum say what each variable represents).

CB

#### HallsofIvy

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MHB Math Helper
Unfortunately, this problem assumes, without saying so, that all men make the same wage and that all women make the same wage. That seems silly to me.