2013 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 4
- The following problem is from both the 2013 AMC 12B #4 and 2013 AMC 10B #8, so both problems redirect to this page.
Problem
Ray's car averages miles per gallon of gasoline, and Tom's car averages miles per gallon of gasoline. Ray and Tom each drive the same number of miles. What is the cars' combined rate of miles per gallon of gasoline?
Solution 1
Let Ray and Tom drive 40 miles. Ray's car would require gallon of gas and Tom's car would require gallons of gas. They would have driven a total of miles, on gallons of gas, for a combined rate of
Solution 2
Taking the harmonic mean of the two rates, we get
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Solution 3
Let the number of miles that Ray and Tom each drive be denoted by . Thus the number of gallons Ray's car uses can be represented by and the number of gallons that Tom's car uses can likewise be expressed as . Thus the total amount of gallons used by both cars can be expressed as . The total distance that both drive is equal to so the total miles per gallon can be expressed as
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See also
2013 AMC 10B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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