# Difference between revisions of "2012 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 13"

## Problem

Jamar bought some pencils costing more than a penny each at the school bookstore and paid $\textdollar 1.43$. Sharona bought some of the same pencils and paid $\textdollar 1.87$. How many more pencils did Sharona buy than Jamar? $\textbf{(A)}\hspace{.05in}2\qquad\textbf{(B)}\hspace{.05in}3\qquad\textbf{(C)}\hspace{.05in}4\qquad\textbf{(D)}\hspace{.05in}5\qquad\textbf{(E)}\hspace{.05in}6$

## Solution 1

We assume that the price of the pencils remains constant. Convert $\textdollar 1.43$ and $\textdollar 1.87$ to cents. Since the price of the pencils is more than one penny, we can find the price of one pencil (in cents) by taking the greatest common divisor of $143$ and $187$, which is $11$. Therefore, Jamar bought $\frac{143}{11} \implies 13$ pencils and Sharona bought $\frac{187}{11} \implies 17$ pencils. Thus, Sharona bought $17-13 = \boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ 4}$ more pencils than Jamar.

## Solution 2

We find the difference between $1.43$ and $1.87$ is $1.87-1.43 = 0.44$.It cost Sharona more $0.44$ to buy pencils. Because the difference between the numbers of peciles they bought must be divided evenly by $0.44$. So the answer should be $2$ or $4$, which gives us the cost of each pencile should be $0.22$ or $0.11$. Then we find only $0.11$ can be divided evenly by $1.43$ and $1.87$. So the answer is $\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ 4}$ ---LarryFlora

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