My daughter is having issues with a math problem for her homework. she tells me that I am doing it wrong but I am getting the correct answer... Can you please look at it and see if i am correct? The problem is: A painter charges $15.35 per hour, plus an additional amount for supplies. If he made $141.73 on a job where he worked 4 hours, how much did the supplies cost? I have the equation as: $15.35 * 4 = $141.73 - x ... I got the answer of $80.33 for supplies She is telling me that the teacher is wanting her to do the PEMDAS backwards but that is not working out for her and I am not understanding that at all. Any suggestions would help out Thanks, Tina

Your answer is correct. Here is how I set up the profit equation where h is the hours worked and x is the supply cost: P(h) = 15.35h + x We know P(4) = 141.73 P(4) = 15.35(4) + x 141.73 = 15.35(4) + x Simplify 141.73 = 61.4 + x Subtract 61.4 from each side: x = 80.33