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== Problem ==
 
== Problem ==
A tennis player computes her win ratio by dividing the number of matches she has won by the total number of matches she has played. At the start of a weekend, her win ratio is exactly <math>\displaystyle.500</math>. During the weekend, she plays four matches, winning three and losing one. At the end of the weekend, her win ratio is greater than <math>\displaystyle .503</math>. What's the largest number of matches she could've won before the weekend began?
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A tennis player computes her win [[ratio]] by dividing the number of matches she has won by the total number of matches she has played. At the start of a weekend, her win ratio is exactly <math>\displaystyle.500</math>. During the weekend, she plays four matches, winning three and losing one. At the end of the weekend, her win ratio is greater than <math>\displaystyle .503</math>. What's the largest number of matches she could've won before the weekend began?
  
 
== Solution ==
 
== Solution ==
Let <math>\displaystyle n</math> be the number of matches won, so that <math>\displaystyle \frac{n}{2n}=\frac{1}{2}</math>, and <math>\displaystyle \frac{n+3}{2n+4}>\frac{503}{1000}</math>. Cross multiplying, <math>\displaystyle 1000n+3000>1006n+2012</math>, and <math>\displaystyle n<\frac{988}{6}</math>. Thus, the answer is <math>\displaystyle 164</math>.
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Let <math>\displaystyle n</math> be the number of matches won, so that <math>\displaystyle \frac{n}{2n}=\frac{1}{2}</math>, and <math>\displaystyle \frac{n+3}{2n+4}>\frac{503}{1000}</math>. [[Cross multiply]]ing, <math>\displaystyle 1000n+3000>1006n+2012</math>, and <math>\displaystyle n<\frac{988}{6}</math>. Thus, the answer is <math>\displaystyle 164</math>.
  
 
== See also ==
 
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Revision as of 11:53, 15 September 2006

Problem

A tennis player computes her win ratio by dividing the number of matches she has won by the total number of matches she has played. At the start of a weekend, her win ratio is exactly $\displaystyle.500$. During the weekend, she plays four matches, winning three and losing one. At the end of the weekend, her win ratio is greater than $\displaystyle .503$. What's the largest number of matches she could've won before the weekend began?

Solution

Let $\displaystyle n$ be the number of matches won, so that $\displaystyle \frac{n}{2n}=\frac{1}{2}$, and $\displaystyle \frac{n+3}{2n+4}>\frac{503}{1000}$. Cross multiplying, $\displaystyle 1000n+3000>1006n+2012$, and $\displaystyle n<\frac{988}{6}$. Thus, the answer is $\displaystyle 164$.

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