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# Rational number word problem: checking account

Your checking account is overdrawn. Not good. Use your knowledge of decimals and adding negative and positive numbers to bring your account back into the black. Created by Sal Khan and Monterey Institute for Technology and Education.

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• I love this math program, but I feel the videos are sometimes much easier than the practices.
• Sal only uses the videos to teach us the rule of solving the equations coming our way.
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• Can't I just subtract 15.08 from 100.00, add 426.90, and get the same answer?
• Yes, and this is just because you have a list of positive and negative numbers that you are adding, you can always change the order when adding signed numbers.
• super video just I dont really know how he got that at ?
• Forget the fluff, think in terms of arithmetic, but use the \$ to complete the equation. -15.08 + 526.90. Start on right on the number line, -15.08 then add (mover left on the number line) 526.90. But the easiest way is to subtract -15.08 from 526.90 to get 511.82. The answer then is \$511.82.
• At , he uses a Kerala Marlboro line. How does that work?
• Well... he shows that you start out with less than 0. Before you can add the 526.90, you have to pay off your debt first. Hope this helps, like if you agree!
• I am in a serious situation with this section (I am talking about rational numbers word problems). Please someone help. I have successfully completed all the exercises in the videos and in the exercises section and I am proficiant and mastered them. But the last exercise of this section is so confusing to me. Almost all the problems in the last exercise, seems unfamiliar to me and I am not able to do them without the hint (many of them are not understandable to me with hints either.) It seems like the level of difficulty jumped from 7th grade to to 8 or 9th grade in the last exercise. Why is that? If I am proficiant in all the exercises in this section why the last exercise is so much difficult and confusing to me?

Please someone help me by making it clear why is that. is the last exercise the beginning of the new sections and that is why it should be that way. does anyone else here feels the same?

I followed all grades as I should have and almost completed 95% of all the sections successfully. I think I have not missed anything important in the previous sections/grades either, so why is that?
• Sal has personally made us this last 7 videos just for this one exercise so he probably knew it would be a hard one. So u could go through all of them over and over till u 110% understand it and know what he is doing and what he means, or u could maybe go on with the next exercises and come back to this one when you are done with them and know more! Hopes this helps ;)
• Can someone help me out.
!.I don't know how to do this
2.What does rational mean?(JK)
• A rational number is one that can be written as a ratio. So if you have the number 8, that can be written as 8 over 1.
• why would he keep adding them up if he already has a - number
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• how do you go negative in your bank account
(1 vote)
• It's called being overdrawn. The bank allows you to take out more money than you have, which means you go 'negative' or go into the red.
At this point you owe the bank the money that is the equivalent of the negative amount in your account (plus any extra charges the bank makes you pay).
For example, if I have \$200.00 in the bank and spend \$300.00 (assuming the bank allows me to do this) then I am now \$100.00 in the red, which I owe back to the bank.
• if y=2x-3 what is y when y is 5 how do you go about fing the answer to this kind of problem
• Did you mean when y is 5, what is x?
In that case, plug 5 in for y, and get x by itself.
5=2x-3
Add 3 to both sides (moves -3)
8=2x
Divide both sides by two, and you get your answer of 4=x.