2012 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 19
- The following problem is from both the 2012 AMC 12A #13 and 2012 AMC 10A #19, so both problems redirect to this page.
Problem 19
Paula the painter and her two helpers each paint at constant, but different, rates. They always start at 8:00 AM, and all three always take the same amount of time to eat lunch. On Monday the three of them painted 50% of a house, quitting at 4:00 PM. On Tuesday, when Paula wasn't there, the two helpers painted only 24% of the house and quit at 2:12 PM. On Wednesday Paula worked by herself and finished the house by working until 7:12 P.M. How long, in minutes, was each day's lunch break?
Solution
Let Paula work at a rate of , the two helpers work at a combined rate of , and the time it takes to eat lunch be , where and are in house/hours and L is in hours. Then the labor on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday can be represented by the three following equations:
With three equations and three variables, we need to find the value of . Adding the second and third equations together gives us . Subtracting the first equation from this new one gives us , so we get . Plugging into the second equation:
We can then subtract this from the third equation:
Plugging into our third equation gives:
Converting from hours to minutes gives us minutes, which is .
Solution 2 (Modular Arithmetic)
Because Paula worked from to , she worked for 11 hours and 12 minutes = 672 minutes. Since there is % of the house left, we get the equation . Because is mod , looking at out answer choices, the only answer that is is . So the answer is .
See Also
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