2013 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 1

The following problem is from both the 2013 AMC 12B #1 and 2013 AMC 10B #3, so both problems redirect to this page.

Problem

On a particular January day, the high temperature in Lincoln, Nebraska, was $16$ degrees higher than the low temperature, and the average of the high and low temperatures was $3\textdegree$. In degrees, what was the low temperature in Lincoln that day?

$\textbf{(A)}\ -13 \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ -8 \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ -5 \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ -3 \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 11$

Solution

Let $L$ be the low temperature. The high temperature is $L+16$. The average is $\frac{L+(L+16)}{2}=3$. Solving for $L$, we get $L=\boxed{\textbf{(C)} \  -5}$

See also

2013 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
2013 AMC 12B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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First Question
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Problem 2
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All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions

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