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Oak flooring is to be installed in a room with dimensions 16' x 18'. Determine cost of the flooring at $75 per 1000. Allow 1/5 for matching and waste.

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"Allow ⅕ for matching and waste" is ambiguous. Does the ⅕ refer to the area of the floor, or to the quantity purchased? I'll show both interpretations.

area of floor = 16 ft × 18 ft = 288 ft²

Case 1: ⅕ the area of the floor must be added for matching and waste

matching and waste = ⅕ of 288 ft² = 57.6 ft²

flooring purchased = 288 + 57.6 = 345.6 ft²

345.6 ft² × $75/(1000 ft²) = $25.92

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Case 2: ⅕ of the flooring purchased is for matching and waste.

Purchase x square feet of flooring.

⅕ of x is for matching and waste.

⅘ of x = area of floor = 288 ft²

x = 360 ft²

360 ft² × $75/(1000 ft²) = $27

I cannot say which approach you are expected to use.

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