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== Problem 8 ==
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Tony works <math>2</math> hours a day and is paid &#36;<math>0.50</math> per hour for each full year of his age. During a six month period Tony worked <math>50</math> days and earned &#36;<math>630</math>. How old was Tony at the end of the six month period?
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\mathrm{(A)}\ 9
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\mathrm{(B)}\ 11
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\mathrm{(C)}\ 12
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\mathrm{(D)}\ 13
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\mathrm{(E)}\ 14
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==Solution==
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Tony worked <math>2</math> hours a day and is paid <math>0.50</math> dollars per hour for each full year of his age. This basically says that he gets a dollar for each year of his age. So if he is <math>12</math> years old, he gets <math>12</math> dollars a day. We also know that he worked <math>50</math> days and earned <math>630</math> dollars. If he was <math>12</math> years old at the beginning of his working period, he would have earned <math>12 * 50 = 600</math> dollars. If he was <math>13</math> years old at the beginning of his working period, he would have earned <math>13 * 50 = 650</math> dollars. Because he earned <math>630</math> dollars, we know that he was <math>13</math> for some period of time, but not the whole time, because then the money earned would be greater than or equal to <math>650</math>. This is why he was <math>12</math> when he began, but turned <math>13</math> sometime in the middle and earned <math>630</math> dollars in total. So the answer is <math>13</math>.The answer is <math>\boxed{D}</math>. We could find out for how long he was <math>12</math> and <math>13</math>. <math>12 \cdot x + 13 \cdot (50-x) = 630</math>. Then <math>x</math> is <math>20</math> and we know that he was <math>12</math> for <math>20</math> days, and <math>13</math> for <math>30</math> days. Thus, the answer is <math>13</math>.

Revision as of 16:59, 20 December 2010

Problem 8

Tony works $2$ hours a day and is paid $$0.50$ per hour for each full year of his age. During a six month period Tony worked $50$ days and earned $$630$. How old was Tony at the end of the six month period?

$\mathrm{(A)}\ 9 \qquad \mathrm{(B)}\ 11 \qquad \mathrm{(C)}\ 12 \qquad \mathrm{(D)}\ 13 \qquad \mathrm{(E)}\ 14$

Solution

Tony worked $2$ hours a day and is paid $0.50$ dollars per hour for each full year of his age. This basically says that he gets a dollar for each year of his age. So if he is $12$ years old, he gets $12$ dollars a day. We also know that he worked $50$ days and earned $630$ dollars. If he was $12$ years old at the beginning of his working period, he would have earned $12 * 50 = 600$ dollars. If he was $13$ years old at the beginning of his working period, he would have earned $13 * 50 = 650$ dollars. Because he earned $630$ dollars, we know that he was $13$ for some period of time, but not the whole time, because then the money earned would be greater than or equal to $650$. This is why he was $12$ when he began, but turned $13$ sometime in the middle and earned $630$ dollars in total. So the answer is $13$.The answer is $\boxed{D}$. We could find out for how long he was $12$ and $13$. $12 \cdot x + 13 \cdot (50-x) = 630$. Then $x$ is $20$ and we know that he was $12$ for $20$ days, and $13$ for $30$ days. Thus, the answer is $13$.

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