2008 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 6
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Problem
A triathlete competes in a triathlon in which the swimming, biking, and running segments are all of the same length. The triathlete swims at a rate of 3 kilometers per hour, bikes at a rate of 20 kilometers per hour, and runs at a rate of 10 kilometers per hour. Which of the following is closest to the triathlete's average speed, in kilometers per hour, for the entire race?
Solution
Let be the length of one segment of the race.
Average speed is total distance divided by total time. The total distance is , and the total time is .
Thus, the average speed is . This is closest to , so the answer is .
Solution 2
Since the three segments are all the same length, the triathlete's average speed is the harmonic mean of the three given rates. Therefore, the average speed is .
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