Just need some help

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by Maintenance Man, May 27, 2011.

  1. Maintenance Man

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    Hi to all,

    I am stuck on what should be a simple word problem. I am drawing a blank on how to solve this one. Any help with helping me understand how to solve this one, would be greatly appreciated. I know it must have a simple solution, but I am not seeing it at this time. Thank you all very much.

    You are calculating payroll. Your company has 45 employees who work 40 hrs at $17 per hour. 14 employees each worked 6 hrs of overtime at 50% above their hourly rate. What percentage of the total payroll that week was overtime pay?
     
  2. KJ6EAD

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    45 X 40 X $17 = Regular $

    14 X 6 X 1.5 X $17 = Overtime $

    Regular $ + Overtime $ = Total $

    Overtime $ / Total $ X 100 = Overtime %
     
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  3. Maintenance Man

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    Thank you very much for your help.:)
     
  4. ErnieM

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    The answer is indeterminate. DUCY?
     
  5. KJ6EAD

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    :confused: Some obscure overtime/work inefficiency humor?
     
  6. ErnieM

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    Oops, AFAIK "DUCY" was as well traveled as, say, "AFAIK." But I guess I'm wrong. "DUCY" is just "do you see why?" and is a close cousin to "O rly?"

    As every one of the 14 employees who worked OT gets paid for 40 hrs at $17 per hour it is unclear if this company has 45 or 45+14 employees.
     
  7. KJ6EAD

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    I understood the meaning of DUCY, though I prefer full English instead of txt msg spk.

    I see what you're saying now in your explanation but by explicitly stating the number of employees getting regular pay, the group getting overtime pay is implied as a subset. If this were not true, the problem would be unsolvable as you say.
     
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