2012 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 1

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Problem 1

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

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

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