# 2002 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 10

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## Problem

Problems 8,9 and 10 use the data found in the accompanying paragraph and table:

Juan organizes the stamps in his collection by country and by the decade in which they were issued. The prices he paid for them at a stamp shop were: Brazil and France, 6 cents each, Peru 4 cents each, and Spain 5 cents each. (Brazil and Peru are South American countries and France and Spain are in Europe.)

/* AMC8 2002 #8, 9, 10 Problem */
size(3inch, 1.5inch);
for ( int y = 0; y &l;= 5; ++y )
{
draw((0,y)--(18,y));
}
draw((0,0)--(0,5));
draw((6,0)--(6,5));
draw((9,0)--(9,5));
draw((12,0)--(12,5));
draw((15,0)--(15,5));
draw((18,0)--(18,5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"50s", (7.5,4.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"4", (7.5,3.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"8", (7.5,2.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"6", (7.5,1.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"3", (7.5,0.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"60s", (10.5,4.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"7", (10.5,3.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"4", (10.5,2.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"4", (10.5,1.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"9", (10.5,0.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"70s", (13.5,4.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"12", (13.5,3.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"12", (13.5,2.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"6", (13.5,1.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"13", (13.5,0.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"80s", (16.5,4.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"8", (16.5,3.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"15", (16.5,2.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"10", (16.5,1.5));
draw(scale(0.8)*"9", (16.5,0.5));
label(scale(0.8)*"Country", (3,4.5));
label(scale(0.8)*"Brazil", (3,3.5));
label(scale(0.8)*"France", (3,2.5));
label(scale(0.8)*"Peru", (3,1.5));
label(scale(0.8)*"Spain", (3,0.5));
label(scale(0.9)*"Juan's Stamp Collection", (9,0), S);
label(scale(0.9)*"Number of Stamps by Decade", (9,5), N); (Error making remote request. Unknown error_msg)

The average price of his '70s stamps is closest to

$\text{(A)}\ 3.5 \text{ cents} \qquad \text{(B)}\ 4 \text{ cents} \qquad \text{(C)}\ 4.5 \text{ cents} \qquad \text{(D)}\ 5 \text{ cents} \qquad \text{(E)}\ 5.5 \text{ cents}$

## Solution

The price of all the stamps in the '70s together over the total number of stamps is equal to the average price.

$$\frac{(12)(0.06)+(12)(0.06)+(6)(0.04)+(13)(0.05)}{12+12+6+13}\\ = \frac{0.72+0.72+0.24+0.65}{43}\\ = \frac{2.33}{43} \approx \boxed{\text{(E)}\ 5.5\ \text{cents}}$$