2003 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 4

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Problem

It takes Mary $30$ minutes to walk uphill $1$ km from her home to school, but it takes her only $10$ minutes to walk from school to her home along the same route. What is her average speed, in km/hr, for the round trip?

$\mathrm{(A) \ } 3\qquad \mathrm{(B) \ } 3.125\qquad \mathrm{(C) \ } 3.5\qquad \mathrm{(D) \ } 4\qquad \mathrm{(E) \ } 4.5$

Solution

Since she walked $1$ km to school and $1$ km back home, her total distance is $1+1=2$ km.

Since she spent $30$ minutes walking to school and $10$ minutes walking back home, her total time is $30+10=40$ minutes = $\frac{40}{60}=\frac{2}{3}$ hours.

Therefore her average speed in km/hr is $\frac{2}{\frac{2}{3}}=3 \Rightarrow A$

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