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Maria's adjusted gross income was a dollars. She had three different casualties last year that were not covered by insurance. A laptop computer valued at x dollars was taken from her gym locker and her car was stolen, and she did not have comprehensive insurance, so she lost y dollars. An ice storm caused z dollars worth of damage that was not covered by insurance. Express her casualty loss algebraically.

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VerifiedMaria's adjusted gross income was (a) dollars. She had one casualty resulting in (x) dollars of damages, another resulting in (y) dollars, and a third resulting in (z) dollars.

The IRS requires that $\$100$ be deducted for each casualty.

10% of her adjusted gross income is subtracted from the total amount in casualties after the $\$100$ deductions to find her casualty loss.

Her casualty loss expressed algebraically is shown to the right.

$Casualty\ Loss =$

$[(x-100)+(y-100)+(z-100)] - .1(a)$

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