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Gulf Dilemma

Here’s one for the current events math wizards:

Three companies agree to split the $1,000,000,000 cost associated with a major oil spill cleanup, as follows: 1) B.P. agrees to pay four times the amount of Transocean Ltd.; 2) Halliburton agrees to pay one-fourth the sum of the amounts paid by B.P and Transocean Ltd. Combined. How much will each company pay?

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4 guesses to Gulf Dilemma


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  • highest 58,888 then 24,446 and 16,666

  • Nope! Keep trying.

  • Roolstar

    If X is the sum paid by Transocean

    B.P. + Trans. + Hall. = 1,000,000,000
    4X + X + (5X)/4 = 1,000,000,000
    X = 160,000,000

    B.P. = 4X = $640,000,000
    Hall. = 5X/4 = $200,000,000
    Trans. = X = $160,000,000

  • Yes Rool, those are the numbers we were looking for.

    Great job!
    You’re today’s winner.