# 2020 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 2

## Problem

The numbers $3, 5, 7, a,$ and $b$ have an average (arithmetic mean) of $15$. What is the average of $a$ and $b$? $\textbf{(A) } 0 \qquad\textbf{(B) } 15 \qquad\textbf{(C) } 30 \qquad\textbf{(D) } 45 \qquad\textbf{(E) } 60$

## Solution

The arithmetic mean of the numbers $3, 5, 7, a,$ and $b$ is equal to $\frac{3+5+7+a+b}{5}=\frac{15+a+b}{5}=15$. Solving for $a+b$, we get $a+b=60$. Dividing by $2$ to find the average of the two numbers $a$ and $b$ gives $\frac{60}{2}=\boxed{\textbf{(C) }30}$.

## Video Solution 1

Education, The Study of Everything

~IceMatrix

~bobthefam

~savannahsolver

## See Also

 2020 AMC 10A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 1 Followed byProblem 3 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

The problems on this page are copyrighted by the Mathematical Association of America's American Mathematics Competitions. Invalid username
Login to AoPS