# 2018 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 3

## Problem

A line with slope $2$ intersects a line with slope $6$ at the point $(40,30)$. What is the distance between the $x$-intercepts of these two lines? $\textbf{(A) } 5 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 10 \qquad \textbf{(C) } 20 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 25 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 50$

## Solution 1

Using point slope form, we get the equations $y-30 = 6(x-40)$ and $y-30 = 2(x-40)$. Simplifying, we get $6x-y=210$ and $2x-y=50$. Letting $y=0$ in both equations and solving for $x$ gives the $x$-intercepts: $x=35$ and $x=25$, respectively. Thus the distance between them is $35-25=\boxed{\textbf{(B) } 10}$.

## Solution 2

In order for the line with slope $2$ to travel "up" $30$ units (from $y=0$), it must have traveled $30/2=15$ units to the right. Thus, the $x$-intercept is at $x=40-15=25$. As for the line with slope $6$, in order for it to travel "up" $30$ units it must have traveled $30/6=5$ units to the right. Thus its $x$-intercept is at $x=40-5=35$. Then the distance between them is $35-25=\boxed{\textbf{(B) } 10}$.

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