The Alien Mugging
Jim originally had 10A dollars.
A = Jim's age.
The space aliens took (10A - 0.1A) = 9.9A dollars.
9.9A = 396
A = 40, so Jim is 40 years old.
Bobby Sugar [email@example.com] submitted this marvellous solution:
Let Jim be x years old, and let P be the paycheck.
Then we know that P=10x
Also, a tenth of his age plus 396 is equal to his paycheque.
Let's multiply both sides by 10 ..... x + 3960 = 100x
100x - x = 3960 99x = 3960 x = 40Therefore, Jim is 40 years old.
Lee Krogh [firstname.lastname@example.org] gave Minus the right answer and some insight. Have you been watching X-Files, Lee?
Jim is 40 years old. Boy he must have been freaked out after aliens took his money.