2021 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 3
In an after-school program for juniors and seniors, there is a debate team with an equal number of students from each class on the team. Among the students in the program, of the juniors and of the seniors are on the debate team. How many juniors are in the program?
Say there are juniors and seniors in the program. Converting percentages to fractions, and are on the debate team, and since an equal number of juniors and seniors are on the debate team,
Cross-multiplying and simplifying we get Additionally, since there are students in the program, It is now a matter of solving the system of equations and the solution is Since we want the number of juniors, the answer is
Solution 2 (Fast but Not Rigorous)
We immediately see that is the only possible amount of seniors, as can only correspond with an answer choice ending with . Thus the number of seniors is and the number of juniors is . ~samrocksnature
Since there are an equal number of juniors and seniors on the debate team, suppose there are juniors and seniors. This number represents of the juniors and of the seniors, which tells us that there are juniors and seniors. There are juniors and seniors in the program altogether, so we get Which means there are juniors on the debate team, .
Solution 4 (Elimination)
The amount of juniors must be a multiple of , since exactly of the students are on the debate team. Thus, we can immediately see that and are the only possibilities for the number of juniors. However, if there are juniors, then there are seniors, so it is not true that of the seniors are on the debate team, since , which is not an integer. Thus, we conclude that there are juniors, so the answer is .
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