# 2018 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 17

## Problem 17

Bella begins to walk from her house toward her friend Ella's house. At the same time, Ella begins to ride her bicycle toward Bella's house. They each maintain a constant speed, and Ella rides 5 times as fast as Bella walks. The distance between their houses is $2$ miles, which is $10,560$ feet, and Bella covers $2 \tfrac{1}{2}$ feet with each step. How many steps will Bella take by the time she meets Ella? $\textbf{(A) }704\qquad\textbf{(B) }845\qquad\textbf{(C) }1056\qquad\textbf{(D) }1760\qquad \textbf{(E) }3520$

## Solution

Since Ella rides 5 times as fast as Bella, Ella rides at a rate of $\frac{25}{2}$ or $12 \tfrac{1}{2}$. Together, they move $15$ feet towards each other every unit. Dividing $10560$ by $15$ to find the number of steps Ella takes results in the answer of $\boxed{\textbf{(A) }704}$

## Solution 2

Since Ella rides 5 times faster than Bella, the ratio of their speeds is 5:1. This means that Bella travels 1/6 of the way, and 1/6 of 10560 feet is 1760 feet. Bella also walks 2.5 feet in a step, and 1760 divided by 2.5 is 704.

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