Summarize a word problem using a table

Last updated: 13 Oct 2008

Yet again the question contains a great deal of information.

We can put all the information into a table to make the question simpler to solve.

'At a football game 50% of the seats are sold to club-members who pay $11 each and 10% are sold to children who pay $5 each. All the remaining tickets are sold to non-members at $15 each. What proportion of the total gate receipts for the game is contributed by non-members?'

In the question we have three different types of tickets, 'club-members', 'children' and 'non-members' and three different types of information are given or asked for, '% of tickets sold', 'price of ticket' and '% of total income'.

Therefore we would sketch a 3x3 table.


% tickets sold price % total income
club-members      
children      
non-members      

And begin to fill in the information.

'At a football game 50% of the seats are sold to club-members who pay $11 each and 10% are sold to children who pay $5 each.'

% tickets sold price % total income
club-members 50% $11  
children 10% $5  
non-members      
'All the remaining tickets are sold to non-members at $15 each. What proportion of the total gate receipts for the game is contributed by non-members?''

% tickets sold price % total income
club-members 50% $11  
children 10% $5  
non-members   $15 ?

Where '?' represents what we need to find to answer the question.

We have the summary now let's answer the question.

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