2003 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 2

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The following problem is from both the 2003 AMC 12B #2 and 2003 AMC 10B #2, so both problems redirect to this page.

Problem

Al gets the disease algebritis and must take one green pill and one pink pill each day for two weeks. A green pill costs $$$1$ more than a pink pill, and Al's pills cost a total of $\textdollar 546$ for the two weeks. How much does one green pill cost?

$\textbf{(A)}\ \textdollar 7 \qquad\textbf{(B) }\textdollar 14 \qquad\textbf{(C) }\textdollar 19\qquad\textbf{(D) }\textdollar 20\qquad\textbf{(E) }\textdollar 39$

Solution

Because there are $14$ days in two weeks, Al spends $546/14 = 39$ dollars per day for the cost of a green pill and a pink pill. If the green pill costs $x$ dollars and the pink pill $x-1$ dollars, the sum of the two costs $2x-1$ should equal $39$ dollars. Then the cost of the green pill $x$ is $\boxed{\textbf{(D) }\textdollar  20}$.

See Also

2003 AMC 12B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 1
Followed by
Problem 3
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All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions
2003 AMC 10B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 1
Followed by
Problem 3
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 AMC 10 Problems and Solutions

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