You Do the Math

How Much Do I Buy?

A store owner ordered 500 pairs of jeans. The table below shows how much of each item the designer must purchase to make 1 pair of jeans. How much of each item has to be purchased to make 500 pairs?

Materials Needed for 1 Pair of Jeans


Amount Needed


3 yards






2 spools

How Much Does Spool Yarn Cost
Designers often hire many people to make their clothing.

Remember the designer who must make 100 jackets? Well, her materials have arrived. Now the jackets can be sewn. Most designers don't do this work themselves. They hire tailors to help them. A tailor is a person who makes or repairs clothing.

How much will it cost to hire tailors? The designer uses math to find out.

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