# EXAMPLE 3 Solve a multistep problem WEBSITES Many

EXAMPLE 3 Solve a multi-step problem WEBSITES Many businesses pay website hosting companies to store and maintain the computer files that make up their websites. Internet service providers also offer website hosting. The costs for website hosting offered by a website hosting company and an Internet service provider are shown in the table. Find the number of months after which the total cost for website hosting will be the same for both companies.

EXAMPLE 3 Solve a multi-step problem SOLUTION STEP 1 Write a system of equations. Let y be the total cost after x months. Equation 1: Internet service provider y = 10 + 21. 95 x

EXAMPLE 3 Solve a multi-step problem Equation 2: Website hosting company y = 22. 45 x The system of equations is: y = 10 + 21. 95 x Equation 1 y = 22. 45 x Equation 2

EXAMPLE 3 Solve a multi-step problem STEP 2 Substitute 22. 45 x for y in Equation 1 and solve for x. Write Equation 1. y = 10 + 21. 95 x 22. 45 x = 10 + 21. 95 x 0. 5 x = 10 x = 20 Substitute 22. 45 x for y. Subtract 21. 95 x from each side. Divide each side by 0. 5. ANSWER The total cost will be the same for both companies after 20 months.

GUIDED PRACTICE 4. for Example 3 In Example 3, what is the total cost for website hosting for each company after 20 months? ANSWER $449

GUIDED PRACTICE 5. for Example 3 WHAT IF? In Example 3, suppose the Internet service provider offers $5 off the set-up fee. After how many months will the total cost for website hosting be the same for both companies? ANSWER 10 mo

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