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The amount of money M, in dollars, Paul earns can be represented by the equation M = 12.5h + 11, where h is the number of hours Paul works. Which of the following is the best interpretation of the number 11 in the equation?

A The amount of money, in dollars, Paul earns in addition to an hourly wage

Paul earns $12.50 per hour, so the number of hours, h, is multiplied by 12.5. Paul earns $11 in addition to how much he works per hour, which is why it is added to the product 12.5h and is independent of how many hours Paul works.