2007 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 2

The following problem is from both the 2007 AMC 12B #2 and 2007 AMC 10B #3, so both problems redirect to this page.

Problem

A college student drove his compact car $120$ miles home for the weekend and averaged $30$ miles per gallon. On the return trip the student drove his parents' SUV and averaged only $20$ miles per gallon. What was the average gas mileage, in miles per gallon, for the round trip?

$\textbf{(A) } 22 \qquad\textbf{(B) } 24 \qquad\textbf{(C) } 25 \qquad\textbf{(D) } 26 \qquad\textbf{(E) } 28$

Solution 1

The trip was $240$ miles long and took $\dfrac{120}{30}+\dfrac{120}{20}=4+6=10$ gallons. Therefore, the average mileage was $\dfrac{240}{10}= \boxed{\mathrm{(B) \ } 24}$

Solution 2

Alternatively, we can use the harmonic mean to get $\frac{2}{\frac{1}{20} + \frac{1}{30}} = \frac{2}{\frac{1}{12}} = 24$ $\longrightarrow \boxed{\textbf{(B)} }$

See Also

2007 AMC 12B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 1
Followed by
Problem 3
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All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions
2007 AMC 10B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 2
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Problem 4
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All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions

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