The problem here is that you need to find what is the monthly fee for the telephone + the fee per minute.

Data we are looking for:

x - subscription plan

y - rate per minute

1. Finding the monthly fee (x) + rate per minute (y)

x + 150y = 45.50

x + 100y = 38.00

you have to deduct those equatations (x - x = 0, 150y - 100y = 50y, 45.5 - 38 = 7.5)

- finding rate per minute:

50y = 7.50

5y = 0.75

y = 0.15

- finding monthly fee

x + 150 *0.15 = 45.50

x = 45.50 - 22.50

x = 23.00

Looking at the data above you can see that no matter for how many minutes you use your phone you have to pay 23$. For every minute you spend talking the fee is 0.15$

That is why (z) the total amount you have to pay consist of 23 (subscription) + 0.15y (15c per minute):

z = 23 + 0.15y

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