# 2000 AMC 12 Problems/Problem 13

The following problem is from both the 2000 AMC 12 #13 and 2000 AMC 10 #22, so both problems redirect to this page.

## Problem

One morning each member of Angela’s family drank an 8-ounce mixture of coffee with milk. The amounts of coffee and milk varied from cup to cup, but were never zero. Angela drank a quarter of the total amount of milk and a sixth of the total amount of coffee. How many people are in the family?

$\text {(A)}\ 3 \qquad \text {(B)}\ 4 \qquad \text {(C)}\ 5 \qquad \text {(D)}\ 6 \qquad \text {(E)}\ 7$

## Solution

Solution 1:

Let $c$ be the total amount of coffee, $m$ of milk, and $p$ the number of people in the family. Then each person drinks the same total amount of coffee and milk (8 ounces), so $$\left(\frac{c}{6} + \frac{m}{4}\right)p = c + m$$ Regrouping, we get $2c(6-p)=3m(p-4)$. Since both $c,m$ are positive, it follows that $6-p$ and $p-4$ are also positive, which is only possible when $p = 5\ \mathrm{(C)}$.

Solution 2 (less rigorous):

One could notice that (since there are only two components to the mixture) Angela must have more than her "fair share" of milk and less then her "fair share" of coffee in order to ensure that everyone has $8$ ounces. The "fair share" is $1/p.$ So,

$$\frac{1}{6} < \frac{1}{p}<\frac{1}{4}$$

Which requires that $p$ be $p = 5\ \mathrm{(C)},$ since $p$ is a whole number.

Solution 3:

Again, let $c,$ $m,$ and $p$ be the total amount of coffee, total amount of milk, and number of people in the family, respectively. Then the total amount that is drunk is $8p,$ and also $c+m.$ Thus, $c+m = 8p,$ so $m = 8p-c$ and $c = 8p-m.$

We also know that the amount Angela drank, which is $\frac{c}{6} + \frac{m}{4},$ is equal to $8$ ounces, thus $\frac{c}{6} + \frac{m}{4} = 8.$ Rearranging gives $$24p - c = 96.$$ Now notice that $c > 0$ (by the problem statement). In addition, $m > 0,$ so $c = 8p-m < 8p.$ Therefore, $0 < c < 8p,$ and so $24p > 24p-c > 16p.$ We know that $24p-c = 96,$ so $$24p > 96 > 16p.$$ From the leftmost inequality, we get $p > 4,$ and from the rightmost inequality, we get $p < 6.$ The only possible value of $p$ is $p = 5\ \mathrm{(C)}$.

## Sidenote

If we now solve for $c$ and $m$, we find that $m=16$ and $c=24$. Thus in total the family drank $16$ ounces of milk and $24$ ounces of coffee. Angela drank exactly $4$ ounces of milk and $4$ ounces of coffee.