2013 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 6
Problem
In a recent basketball game, Shenille attempted only three-point shots and two-point shots. She was successful on of her three-point shots and of her two-point shots. Shenille attempted shots. How many points did she score?
Solution
Let the number of 3-point shots attempted be . Since she attempted 30 shots, the number of 2-point shots attempted must be .
Since she was successful on , or , of her 3-pointers, and , or , of her 2-pointers, then her score must be
, which is
Alternative Solution
Since the problem doesn't specify the number of 3-point shots she attempted, it can be assumed that number doesn't matter, so let it be . Then, she must have attempted 2-point shots. So, her score must be:
,which is .
Additional note
It is also reasonably easy to find all possibilities for the number of two-point and three-point shots she made. Just note that both numbers of successful throws have to be integers. For " of her two-point shots" to be an integer we need the number of two-point shots to be divisible by 10. This only leaves four possibilities for the number of two-point shots: 0, 10, 20, or 30. Each of them also works for the three-point shots, and as shown above, for each of them the total number of points scored is the same.
See also
2013 AMC 10A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
Preceded by Problem 8 |
Followed by Problem 10 | |
1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 | ||
All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions |
2013 AMC 12A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | |
Preceded by Problem 5 |
Followed by Problem 7 |
1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 | |
All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions |
The problems on this page are copyrighted by the Mathematical Association of America's American Mathematics Competitions.