If a hammer and a nail cost $1.10 and hammer costs one dollar more than the nail, how much does the nail cost?

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**Answer:**

If you quickly blurt out “10 cents”, you’re not paying attention.

(If the nail cost 10 cents, the hammer would cost a dollar, which would make it 90 cents more expensive than the nail.)

Here is how you solve this.

Let us call;

Hammer = h

Nail = n.

From the given information we can write;

h + n = 1.1 ….(a)

and also

h = 1 + n ……(b)

Therefore from (a) and (b) we can write;

1 + n + n = 1.1

Solving the equation we get;

2n = 0.1

Hence;

n = 0.05

From (b)

h = 1 + 0.05 = 1.05

Therefor;

**Price of Nail = 0.05**

**Price of Hammer = 1.05**

Thank you – this was the easiest to understand explanation of this question that I have found.