# 2014 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 15

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The following problem is from both the 2014 AMC 12A #11 and 2014 AMC 10A #15, so both problems redirect to this page.

## Problem

David drives from his home to the airport to catch a flight. He drives $35$ miles in the first hour, but realizes that he will be $1$ hour late if he continues at this speed. He increases his speed by $15$ miles per hour for the rest of the way to the airport and arrives $30$ minutes early. How many miles is the airport from his home? $\textbf{(A) }140\qquad \textbf{(B) }175\qquad \textbf{(C) }210\qquad \textbf{(D) }245\qquad \textbf{(E) }280\qquad$

## Solution 1

Note that he drives at $50$ miles per hour after the first hour and continues doing so until he arrives.

Let $d$ be the distance still needed to travel after $1$ hour. We have that $\dfrac{d}{50}+1.5=\dfrac{d}{35}$, where the $1.5$ comes from $1$ hour late decreased to $0.5$ hours early.

Simplifying gives $7d+525=10d$, or $d=175$.

Now, we must add an extra $35$ miles traveled in the first hour, giving a total of $\boxed{\textbf{(C) } 210}$ miles.

Instead of spending time thinking about how one can set up an equation to solve the problem, one can simply start checking the answer choices. Quickly checking, we know that neither choice $\textbf{(A)}$ or choice $\textbf{(B)}$ work, but $\textbf{(C)}$ does. We can verify as follows. After $1$ hour at $35 \text{ mph}$, David has $175$ miles left. This then takes him $3.5$ hours at $50 \text{ mph}$. But $210/35 = 6 \text{ hours}$. Since $1+3.5 = 4.5 \text{ hours}$ is $1.5$ hours less than $6$, our answer is $\boxed{\textbf{(C)} \: 210}$.
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