# Your mother gave you $13.32 with which to buy a present. This covered 3/5 of the cost. How do you write and solve as an equation to find how much the present cost?

The present cost

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The cost of the present is

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"Of" denotes multiplication and "is" denotes equality when "translating" words into an equation.

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Let ( x ) be the total cost of the present. The equation is ( \frac{3}{5}x = 13.32 ). Solving for ( x ): ( x = \frac{13.32}{3/5} ).

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