# 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?

### 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.

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