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A certain car averages 25 miles per gallon when driving in [#permalink]  11 Aug 2010, 14:17
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A certain car averages 25 miles per gallon when driving in the city and 40 miles per gallon when driving on the highway. According to these rates, which of the following is closest to the number of miles per gallon that the car averages when it is driven 10 miles in the city and then 50 miles on the highway?

A. 28
B. 30
C. 33
D. 36
E. 38
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Re: More Prep questions [#permalink]  11 Aug 2010, 17:56
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A certain car averages 25 miles per gallon when driving in the city and 40 miles per gallon when driving on the highway. According to these rates, which of the following is closest to the number of miles per gallon that the car averages when it is driven 10 miles in the city and then 50 miles on the highway?

A. 28
B. 30
C. 33
D. 36
E. 38

Car averages x miles per gallon, means that 1 gallon is enough to drive x miles.

We are asked to find average miles per gallon (miles/gallon) --> average miles per gallon would be total miles driven divided by total gallons used (miles/gallon).

Total miles driven is 10+50=60.

As car averages 25 miles per gallon in the city for 10 miles in the city it will use 10/25=0.4 gallons;
As car averages 40 miles per gallon on the highway for 50 miles on the highway it will use 50/40=1.25 gallons;

So average miles per gallon equals to \frac{60}{0.4+1.25}\approx{36}

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Re: More Prep questions [#permalink]  19 Aug 2010, 23:37

No of Miles per Gallon = Total no of miles/Total no of Gallons
=10+50/(10/25+50/40) ~ 36.3
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Re: GMAT PREP PS [#permalink]  22 Aug 2010, 19:49
Average miles per gallon is given by: Total distance traveled/Total gallons used.

Total distance traveled is given to us and is equal to 10+50 = 60 miles

Total gallons used can be determined by reverse working the formula listed above.

Number of gallons in the city = Total distance / Average = \frac{10}{25}

Number of gallons in the highway = Total distance / Average = \frac{50}{40}

Total number of gallons = Sum of the above two quantities.

So the average overall

\frac{60}{\frac{10}{25} + \frac{5}{4}} = \frac{60}{\frac{2}{5} + \frac{5}{4}} =
\frac{60}{\frac{33}{20}} = \frac{1200}{33} = \frac{400}{11}

If you solve this you get 36.3636. So the answer is 36.
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Re: GMAT PREP PS [#permalink]  22 Aug 2010, 20:06
i got 36 too using the same method as whiplash2411 did.
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Re: GMAT PREP PS [#permalink]  22 Aug 2010, 20:22
10/25 => 2/5 gal

50/40 => 5/4 gal

Therefore the car travels 60 miles using 2/5 + 5/4

Calculating it gets 60/(33/20) => 36.36 miles/gal
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Re: Averages [#permalink]  14 Sep 2010, 02:23
D is closest to the correct decimal answer.... the way to solve is to find out total gallons of fuel used and total distance travelled. then divide the total distance 60 miles by X gallons.

to find X: we have 2 steps - 10/25 = 0.40 gallons is for city driving; 50/40=1.25 is for highway driving.

hence final answer = 60/1.65 which comes out to be ~36mpg. hope this is clear...
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Re: Tough GMAT prep PS [#permalink]  19 Feb 2011, 11:01
For 10 miles, the fuel expended is 10/25 gallons = 0.4 gallons.
Similarly for 50 miles it is 50/40 gallon = 1.25 gallons
So for 60 miles total fuel spent is 1.65 gallons
and hence average miles per gallon = 60/1.65 = ~36
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Re: A certain car averages 25 miles per gallon when driving in [#permalink]  31 Dec 2012, 11:33
why does weighted average method fail? answer is 37.5 miles/hr. Please explain
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Re: A certain car averages 25 miles per gallon when driving in [#permalink]  31 Dec 2012, 11:45
ketanth wrote:
why does weighted average method fail? answer is 37.5 miles/hr. Please explain

Your question on weighted avergae is not clear. You need to find out the fractions summing up to 1, thats the basic requirement, which is not applicable here. See my soln, and let me know if you have any question:

Km/Gallon Km Gallon neded
City 25 10 10/25 = 2/5
Highway 40 50 50/40 = 5/4
Total 60 (8+25)/20 = 33/20

Mileage as asked = Total Km/Total Gallon = 60/(33/20) = 60*20/33 = 400/11 approx 38
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Re: A certain car averages 25 miles per gallon when driving in [#permalink]  31 Dec 2012, 19:34
maibhihun wrote:
ketanth wrote:
why does weighted average method fail? answer is 37.5 miles/hr. Please explain

Your question on weighted avergae is not clear. You need to find out the fractions summing up to 1, thats the basic requirement, which is not applicable here. See my soln, and let me know if you have any question:

Km/Gallon Km Gallon neded
City 25 10 10/25 = 2/5
Highway 40 50 50/40 = 5/4
Total 60 (8+25)/20 = 33/20

Mileage as asked = Total Km/Total Gallon = 60/(33/20) = 60*20/33 = 400/11 approx 38

Why cant we do the weighted average method:
(25X10+40X50)/(50+10) = 37,5 km/gallon

I understand your logic. I am trying to understand why weighted average method logic is false.
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Re: A certain car averages 25 miles per gallon when driving in [#permalink]  07 Jun 2013, 23:46
Bunnel can you comment on this

Total gallons consumed = 25*10 + 40*50 = 2250
Total miles driven = 50

Avg Mileage in MPG = 2250/50 = 37.5 .. hence close to 38. I picked E pls help me understand
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Re: A certain car averages 25 miles per gallon when driving in [#permalink]  08 Jun 2013, 04:12
kapilhede17 wrote:
Bunnel can you comment on this

Total gallons consumed = 25*10 + 40*50 = 2250
Total miles driven = 50

Avg Mileage in MPG = 2250/50 = 37.5 .. hence close to 38. I picked E pls help me understand

Total miles driven is 10+50=60, not 50.
Total gallons used is 0.4+1.25=1.65, not 2250 (!!!). How, could we need 2250 gallons for only 60 miles?

The average miles per gallon (miles/gallons) equals 60/1.65=~36.

Complete solution here: a-certain-car-averages-25-miles-per-gallon-when-driving-in-98942.html#p762784

Hope it's clear.
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