Electrical Power - Cost of kW*hr

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Homework Statement


An electric air conditioning unit draws 15 amps of direct current from a 134 V direct voltage source, and is used 24 hours a day during 21.1 days in July. How much will the electricity cost for the month if the local electrical rate is
9.9 /kW· hr?

Answer in units of dollars.
(Note: sigfigs do not matter)

Homework Equations



P = I*[tex]\Delta[/tex]V

The Attempt at a Solution


This seems like a straight forward question:

P = 15*134 = 2010 W = 2.01 kW
t = 21.1 days * 24 hours = 506.4 hours

P*t = 1017.864 kW*hr

Since units aren't given for 9.9, I tried for both dollars and cents:
1017.864* 9.9 = $10076.85
1017.864*.099 = $100.785

Both answers are wrong. I don't know where I'm making the mistake.
 
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mgb_phys
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The 9.9 is c/kwh, other than that you are correct, except for the slight typo on the last answer
 
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Looks like you might have made an arithmetic error when calculating in cents.

1017.864*0.099 = 100.768
 
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Your last answer is correct. They want the answer of dolllars, with no cents. That's why they had such strange numbers (like 21.1 days).
 
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Your last answer is correct. They want the answer of dolllars, with no cents. That's why they had such strange numbers (like 21.1 days).
Thank you so much. Removing cents gives the right answer.
 

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