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September 1998 "Algebraic Formula"**

Four other people had been working together in a grocery store, and since it was now time for everyone to be paid, I took on the task of figuring out how much each person should receive. After thinking about it for a few moments, I decided I could write an algebraic formula using the letters "x" and "y" as variables. But then I realized I would also have to have a "z" variable. My intention was to pay each person according to how many hours he or she had worked, but to still have money left over to use as working capital in the business. The calculations were further complicated due to the fact that one person hadn't worked at all, and I was trying to figure out whether I should pay that person something. Whichever way I decided, I was confident I could write the proper formula.

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