Walkabout wrote:

During a certain season, a team won 80 percent of its first 100 games and 50 percent of its remaining games. If the team won 70 percent of its games for the entire season, what was the total number of games that the team played?

(A) 180

(B) 170

(C) 156

(D) 150

(E) 105

We are first given that a team won 80 percent of its first 100 games. This means the team won 0.8 x 100 = 80 games out of its first 100 games.

We are next given that the team won 50 percent of its remaining games. If we use variable T to represent the total number of games in the season, then we can say T – 100 equals the number of remaining games in the season. Thus we can say:

0.5(T – 100) = number of wins for remaining games

0.5T – 50 = number of wins for remaining games

Lastly, we are given that team won 70 percent of all games played in the season. That is, they won 0.7T games in the entire season. With this we can set up the equation:

Number of first 100 games won + Number of games won for remaining games = Total Number of games won in the entire season

80 + 0.5T – 50 = 0.7T

30 = 0.2T

300 = 2T

150 = T

Answer is D.

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Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller

Head of GMAT Instruction