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Example: Simplify EQ First

Juan has no more than $50 to spend at the mall. He wants to buy a pair of jeans and some juice. If the sales tax on the jeans is 4% and the juice with tax costs $2, what is the maximum price of jeans Juan can afford?
  1. Read the problem statement carefully.
  2. Reread the scenario and make a list of the known quantities.
  3. Read the statement again, identifying the unknown quantity or variable.
  4. Create expressions and inequalities from the known quantities and variable(s).
  5. Solve the resulting inequality.
  6. Interpret the solution of the inequality in terms of the context of the problem.
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