# 2012 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 1

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The following problem is from both the 2012 AMC 12A #2 and 2012 AMC 10A #1, so both problems redirect to this page.

## Problem

Cagney can frost a cupcake every 20 seconds and Lacey can frost a cupcake every 30 seconds. Working together, how many cupcakes can they frost in 5 minutes? $\textbf{(A)}\ 10\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 15\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 20\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 25\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 30$

## Solution 1

Cagney can frost one in $20$ seconds, and Lacey can frost one in $30$ seconds. Working together, they can frost one in $\frac{20\cdot30}{20+30} = \frac{600}{50} = 12$ seconds. In $300$ seconds ( $5$ minutes), they can frost $\boxed{\textbf{(D)}\ 25}$ cupcakes.

## Solution 2

In $300$ seconds ( $5$ minutes), Cagney will frost $\dfrac{300}{20} = 15$ cupcakes, and Lacey will frost $\dfrac{300}{30} = 10$ cupcakes. Therefore, working together they will frost $15 + 10 = \boxed{\textbf{(D)}\ 25}$ cupcakes.

## Solution 3

Since Cagney frosts $3$ cupcakes a minute, and Lacey frosts $2$ cupcakes a minute, they together frost $3+2=5$ cupcakes a minute. Therefore, in $5$ minutes, they frost $5\times5 = 25 \Rightarrow \boxed{\textbf{(D)}}$

## Video Solution

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