You can put this solution on YOUR website! Let x = the cost of the meal alone. Then, x + 15% of x = $56.32 You can solve this equation for x and you'll have your answer. Change the percent to its decimal equivalent.
Divide both sides of the equation by 1.15.
The cost of the meal alone was: $48.98
$48.98 + 0.15($48.98) = $48.98 + $7.34 = $56.32