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If a certain toy store's revenue in November was 2/5 of its [#permalink]
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If a certain toy store's revenue in November was 2/5 of its revenue in December and its revenue in January was 1/4 of its revenue in November, then the store's revenue in December was how many times the average (arithmetic mean) of its revenues in November and January?

(A) 1/4 (B) 1/2 (C) 2/3 (D) 2 (E) 4

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If a certain toy store's revenue in November was 2/5 of its revenue in December and its revenue in January was 1/4 of its revenue in November, then the store's revenue in December was how many times the average (arithmetic mean) of its revenues in November and January?

(A) 1/4 (B) 1/2 (C) 2/3 (D) 2 (E) 4

Probably, for most people it would be easier to solve such kind of questions by picking numbers.

Notice that January is linked with November and November is linked with December. So, we should pick some smart number for December's revenue. Since the denominators in the question are 5 and 4, the let say December's revenue was 20 (the least common multiple of 4 and 5). So, we have that:

Revenue in December = 20; Revenue in November = 20*2/5 = 8; Revenue in January = 8*1/4 = 2;

The average of 8 and 2 is 5, so the store's revenue in December was 20/5=4 times that value.

Re: If a certain toy store's revenue in November was 2/5 of its [#permalink]
25 Jun 2012, 03:29

Hi,

Lets say, revenue in November = N was 2/5 of its revenue in December = D revenue in January = J As per given data, N = (2/5)D J = (1/4)N = 1/4 * 2/5 *D = (1/10)D

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29 Jun 2012, 02:05

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If a certain toy store's revenue in November was 2/5 of its revenue in December and its revenue in January was 1/4 of its revenue in November, then the store's revenue in December was how many times the average (arithmetic mean) of its revenues in November and January?

(A) 1/4 (B) 1/2 (C) 2/3 (D) 2 (E) 4

Probably, for most people it would be easier to solve such kind of questions by picking numbers.

Notice that January is linked with November and November is linked with December. So, we should pick some smart number for December's revenue. Since the denominators in the question are 5 and 4, then let say December's revenue was 20 (the least common multiple of 4 and 5). So, we have that:

Revenue in December = 20; Revenue in November = 20*2/5 = 8; Revenue in January = 8*1/4 = 2;

The average of 8 and 2 is 5, so the store's revenue in December was 20/5=4 times that value.

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