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A manufacturer produces a certain men's athletic shoe in integer sizes from 8 to 17. For this particular shoe, each unit increase in size corresponds to a 1/4-inch increase in the length of the shoe. If the largest size of this shoe is 20% longer than the smallest size, how long, in inches, is the shoe in size 15?

A manufacturer produces a certain men's athletic shoe in integer sizes from 8 to 17. For this particular shoe, each unit increase in size corresponds to a 1/4-inch increase in the length of the shoe. If the largest size of this shoe is 20% longer than the smallest size, how long, in inches, is the shoe in size 15?

A. 12 B. 12.25 C. 12.5 D. 12.75 E. 13

What's the fastest way to solve this? Thanks!

From size 8 to size 17, there are 9 increments of .25 each making the size 17 shoe 9*.25 = 2.25 inches more than the size 8 shoe. This 2.25 accounts for 20% of the length of size 8 shoe so length of size 8 shoe is 2.25*5 = 11.25 inches Length of size 15 shoe must be 11.25 + .25*7 = 13 inches _________________

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KAS1 wrote:

A manufacturer produces a certain men's athletic shoe in integer sizes from 8 to 17. For this particular shoe, each unit increase in size corresponds to a 1/4-inch increase in the length of the shoe. If the largest size of this shoe is 20% longer than the smallest size, how long, in inches, is the shoe in size 15?

A. 12 B. 12.25 C. 12.5 D. 12.75 E. 13

What's the fastest way to solve this? Thanks!

8 - k inches 9 - k + 0.25 inches

17 = ?

17 = k + 9 * 0.25 = K + 2.25

k + 2.25 = 1.2k

k = 2.25/0.2 = 11.25

Size of 15 = k + 7 * 0.25

= 11.25 + 1.75 = 13

Answer - E _________________

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subhashghosh wrote:

KAS1 wrote:

A manufacturer produces a certain men's athletic shoe in integer sizes from 8 to 17. For this particular shoe, each unit increase in size corresponds to a 1/4-inch increase in the length of the shoe. If the largest size of this shoe is 20% longer than the smallest size, how long, in inches, is the shoe in size 15?

A manufacturer produces a certain men's athletic shoe in integer sizes from 8 to 17. For this particular shoe, each unit increase in size corresponds to a 1/4-inch increase in the length of the shoe. If the largest size of this shoe is 20% longer than the smallest size, how long, in inches, is the shoe in size 15?

A. 12 B. 12.25 C. 12.5 D. 12.75 E. 13

What's the fastest way to solve this? Thanks!

8 - k inches 9 - k + 0.25 inches

17 = ?

17 = k + 9 * 0.25 = K + 2.25

k + 2.25 = 1.2k

k = 2.25/0.2 = 11.25

Size of 15 = k + 7 * 0.25

= 11.25 + 1.75 = 13

Answer - E

where did you get 1.2k ?

It is from the statement that the largest length = 20% MORE than the smallest size (=k).

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17 Sep 2015, 07:22

VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:

KAS1 wrote:

A manufacturer produces a certain men's athletic shoe in integer sizes from 8 to 17. For this particular shoe, each unit increase in size corresponds to a 1/4-inch increase in the length of the shoe. If the largest size of this shoe is 20% longer than the smallest size, how long, in inches, is the shoe in size 15?

A. 12 B. 12.25 C. 12.5 D. 12.75 E. 13

What's the fastest way to solve this? Thanks!

From size 8 to size 17, there are 9 increments of .25 each making the size 17 shoe 9*.25 = 2.25 inches more than the size 8 shoe. This 2.25 accounts for 20% of the length of size 8 shoe so length of size 8 shoe is 2.25*5 = 11.25 inches Length of size 15 shoe must be 11.25 + .25*7 = 13 inches

can not understand this part size 8 shoe is 2.25*5 = 11.25 inches

A manufacturer produces a certain men's athletic shoe in integer sizes from 8 to 17. For this particular shoe, each unit increase in size corresponds to a 1/4-inch increase in the length of the shoe. If the largest size of this shoe is 20% longer than the smallest size, how long, in inches, is the shoe in size 15?

A. 12 B. 12.25 C. 12.5 D. 12.75 E. 13

What's the fastest way to solve this? Thanks!

From size 8 to size 17, there are 9 increments of .25 each making the size 17 shoe 9*.25 = 2.25 inches more than the size 8 shoe. This 2.25 accounts for 20% of the length of size 8 shoe so length of size 8 shoe is 2.25*5 = 11.25 inches Length of size 15 shoe must be 11.25 + .25*7 = 13 inches

can not understand this part size 8 shoe is 2.25*5 = 11.25 inches

look at it this way.

Let x be the smallest size corresponding to size 8

The largest size (for size 17) will thus become 9*.25+x

Given that the largest size is 20% more than the smallest size , thus 9*.25+x = 1.2x giving you x=11.25 and thus size 15 will be 7*.25+11.25=13

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21 Oct 2015, 04:40

subhashghosh wrote:

KAS1 wrote:

A manufacturer produces a certain men's athletic shoe in integer sizes from 8 to 17. For this particular shoe, each unit increase in size corresponds to a 1/4-inch increase in the length of the shoe. If the largest size of this shoe is 20% longer than the smallest size, how long, in inches, is the shoe in size 15?

A manufacturer produces a certain men's athletic shoe in integer sizes from 8 to 17. For this particular shoe, each unit increase in size corresponds to a 1/4-inch increase in the length of the shoe. If the largest size of this shoe is 20% longer than the smallest size, how long, in inches, is the shoe in size 15?

A. 12 B. 12.25 C. 12.5 D. 12.75 E. 13

What's the fastest way to solve this? Thanks!

8 - k inches 9 - k + 0.25 inches

17 = ?

17 = k + 9 * 0.25 = K + 2.25

k + 2.25 = 1.2k

k = 2.25/0.2 = 11.25

Size of 15 = k + 7 * 0.25

= 11.25 + 1.75 = 13

Answer - E

How did you get k = 2.25/0.2 = 11.25??

That is exactly what you will get from the equation, 9*0.25+x=1.2x , where x=smallest size, 1.2x=largest size = 9*0.25+x.

Thus from 9*0.25+x=1.2x ---> 9*0.25=1.2x-x=0.2x --> 2.25=0.2x ---> x=2.25/0.2 = 11.25. Thus size 15 = 7*0.25+11.25 = 11.25+1.75 = 13. E is the correct answer. _________________

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21 Oct 2015, 17:40

KAS1 wrote:

A manufacturer produces a certain men's athletic shoe in integer sizes from 8 to 17. For this particular shoe, each unit increase in size corresponds to a 1/4-inch increase in the length of the shoe. If the largest size of this shoe is 20% longer than the smallest size, how long, in inches, is the shoe in size 15?

A. 12 B. 12.25 C. 12.5 D. 12.75 E. 13

What's the fastest way to solve this? Thanks!

first identify this is an arithmetic progression, then minus 7, coz you want to start from 1, or you're very likely to be trapped

s=a1......a17-7=a10

from here things get simple:

for all the arithmetic progressions, you have an=a1+(n-1)*the difference: the question gives it is 1/4

we know that length of 17 - length of 8 is equal to 0.2 of length of 8. From this, we can see that 2.25 = 0.2x => x=2.25*5 = 11.25 now we need to know the length of 15. 15 = x+1.75 and is equal to 13. answer choice E.

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12 Nov 2015, 05:50

this question by default is computationally intensive. the question forces you to back-solve and even with starting with C and understanding that C is a bit small, it took me 5 mins overall to rule out further whether E is the answer

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