# Bottle and cork problem

## How much is that bottle?

Mom bought a bottle for her flower and a cork for $1.10

(How she gets flowers in a bottle is another problem).

I asked her how much the bottle cost and she said,

*"the bottle cost $1.00 more than the cork."*

(Mom is like that ... )

I asked her what the cork cost and she answered,

*"I gave you enough information that you should be able to
figure the
individual price of the bottle and the cork."*

Was mom right?

What is the price of each?

*Hint*: Guess and check strategy, trial and error, and later algebra. Oh! Mom is always right!

*Discussion*: Most people's initial thought is: the bottle cost $1.00 and the cork 10 cents. However, in that case the $1.00 - .10 = .90 or 90 cents. Therefore, the bottle only costs 90 cents more. Guess and check, again.

bottle + cork = $1.10

bottle - $1.00 = cork

cork + $1.00 = bottle