1991 AJHSME Problems/Problem 18


The vertical axis indicates the number of employees, but the scale was accidentally omitted from this graph. What percent of the employees at the Gauss company have worked there for $5$ years or more?

[asy] for(int a=1; a<11; ++a)  {   draw((a,0)--(a,-.5));  } draw((0,10.5)--(0,0)--(10.5,0)); label("$1$",(1,-.5),S); label("$2$",(2,-.5),S); label("$3$",(3,-.5),S); label("$4$",(4,-.5),S);  label("$5$",(5,-.5),S); label("$6$",(6,-.5),S); label("$7$",(7,-.5),S); label("$8$",(8,-.5),S); label("$9$",(9,-.5),S); label("$10$",(10,-.5),S); label("Number of years with company",(5.5,-2),S); label("X",(1,0),N); label("X",(1,1),N); label("X",(1,2),N); label("X",(1,3),N); label("X",(1,4),N); label("X",(2,0),N); label("X",(2,1),N); label("X",(2,2),N); label("X",(2,3),N); label("X",(2,4),N); label("X",(3,0),N); label("X",(3,1),N); label("X",(3,2),N); label("X",(3,3),N); label("X",(3,4),N); label("X",(3,5),N); label("X",(3,6),N); label("X",(3,7),N); label("X",(4,0),N); label("X",(4,1),N); label("X",(4,2),N); label("X",(5,0),N); label("X",(5,1),N); label("X",(6,0),N); label("X",(6,1),N); label("X",(7,0),N); label("X",(7,1),N); label("X",(8,0),N); label("X",(9,0),N); label("X",(10,0),N); label("Gauss Company",(5.5,10),N); [/asy]

$\text{(A)}\ 9\% \qquad \text{(B)}\ 23\frac{1}{3}\% \qquad \text{(C)}\ 30\% \qquad \text{(D)}\ 42\frac{6}{7}\% \qquad \text{(E)}\ 50\%$


Let $x$ be the amount of people each $\text{X}$ represents. The percent of people that worked for five or more years is then \[\frac{2x+2x+2x+x+x+x}{5x+5x+8x+3x+2x+2x+2x+x+x+x}=30\% \rightarrow \boxed{\text{C}}.\]

See Also

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Problem 17
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Problem 19
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