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I figured that Val has probably spent less on one really good expensive jacket in 8 years then he has spent on a new jacket every year and a half. Figuring that Val has had that coat for 8 years. I would want to calculate how many jackets he bought in 8 years and then multply that by 60 and see if it is actually less than what val spent on her one jacket. (I bet he paid more!!)

I noticed that Val has paid a larger amount of money for her coat, about $300, but she has had her coat for almost 8 years now. Her friend buys a new a coat every year, but only pays about $60 dollars for his. I also noticed that Val thinks she made the better buy because her coat has lasted so much longer. I’m wondering who really made the better buy? Is Val’s jacket made of a more durable material? What brand of coat did each person buy?

[...] a month ago, my algebra class was working on the Math Forum’s Free Scenario called Val’s Values. [...]

very expensive jacket :)

What do you mean by “expensive”?