# 2022 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 22

## Problem

A bus takes $2$ minutes to drive from one stop to the next, and waits $1$ minute at each stop to let passengers board. Zia takes $5$ minutes to walk from one bus stop to the next. As Zia reaches a bus stop, if the bus is at the previous stop or has already left the previous stop, then she will wait for the bus. Otherwise she will start walking toward the next stop. Suppose the bus and Zia start at the same time toward the library, with the bus $3$ stops behind. After how many minutes will Zia board the bus? $\textbf{(A) } 17 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 19 \qquad \textbf{(C) } 20 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 21 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 23$

## Solution

Initially, suppose that the bus is at Stop $0$ (starting point) and Zia is at Stop $3.$

We construct the following table of $5$-minute intervals: $$\begin{array}{c||c|c} & & \\ [-2.5ex] \textbf{Time} & \textbf{Bus's Location} & \textbf{Zia's Location} \\ [0.5ex] \hline & & \\ [-2ex] \boldsymbol{5} \ \textbf{Minutes} & \text{Stop} \ 2 \ \text{(Waiting)} & \text{Stop} \ 4 \\ \boldsymbol{10} \ \textbf{Minutes} & \text{Midpoint of Stops} \ 3 \ \text{and} \ 4 & \text{Stop} \ 5 \\ \boldsymbol{15} \ \textbf{Minutes} & \text{Stop} \ 5 \ \text{(Leaving)} & \text{Stop} \ 6 \end{array}$$ Note that Zia will wait for the bus after $15$ minutes, and the bus will arrive $2$ minutes later.

Therefore, the answer is $15+2=\boxed{\textbf{(A) } 17}.$

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