2008 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 13

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Problem

Mr. Harman needs to know the combined weight in pounds of three boxes he wants to mail. However, the only available scale is not accurate for weights less than $100$ pounds or more than $150$ pounds. So the boxes are weighed in pairs in every possible way. The results are $122$, $125$ and $127$ pounds. What is the combined weight in pounds of the three boxes?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 160\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 170\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 187\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 195\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 354$

Solution

Each box is weighed twice during this, so the combined weight of the three boxes is half the weight of these separate measures

\[\frac{122+125+127}{2} = \frac{374}{2} = \boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ 187}\]

See Also

2008 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 12
Followed by
Problem 14
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