# Difference between revisions of "1999 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 10"

## Problem

A complete cycle of a traffic light takes 60 seconds. During each cycle the light is green for 25 seconds, yellow for 5 seconds, and red for 30 seconds. At a randomly chosen time, what is the probability that the light will NOT be green?

$\text{(A)}\ \frac{1}{4} \qquad \text{(B)}\ \frac{1}{3} \qquad \text{(C)}\ \frac{5}{12} \qquad \text{(D)}\ \frac{1}{2} \qquad \text{(E)}\ \frac{7}{12}$

## Solution

### Solution 1

$$\frac{\text{time not green}}{\text{total time}} = \frac{R + Y}{R + Y + G} = \frac{35}{60} = \boxed{\text{(E)}\ \frac{7}{12}}$$

### Solution 2

The probability of green is $\frac{25}{60} = \frac{5}{12}$, so the probability of not green is $1- \frac{5}{12} = \boxed{\text{(E)}\ \frac{7}{12}}$ .

## See Also

 1999 AMC 8 (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 9 Followed byProblem 11 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 AJHSME/AMC 8 Problems and Solutions

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