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A marathoner ran for two days. On the second day he ran at an average

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A marathoner ran for two days. On the second day he ran at an average speed of 3 mile per hour faster than he ran on the first day. If during the two days he ran a total of 36 miles and did a total of 8 hours running, which of the following could be his average speed, in miles per hour, on the first day?

(A) 0.25
(B) 0.50
(C) 1.00
(D) 1.50
(E) 2.00

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Can somebody help here

The easiest way is to look at the overall average. It's 36/8 = 4.5 mph.
First day's speed is x , second day's would be x+3.

If you look at option A to D , the average is >= the two elements. It not possible for the average to be higher than the two elements

Only in Option E , one element is below the average and another one is above
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pandeyashwin wrote:
Subhrajyoti wrote:
Can somebody help here

The easiest way is to look at the overall average. It's 36/8 = 4.5 mph.
First day's speed is x , second day's would be x+3.

If you look at option A to D , the average is >= the two elements. It not possible for the average to be higher than the two elements

Only in Option E , one element is below the average and another one is above



hi there pandeyashwin :-) if you say "It not possible for the average to be higher than the two elements" then average is is still higher than 2. pls clarify :-)
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pandeyashwin wrote:
Subhrajyoti wrote:
Can somebody help here

The easiest way is to look at the overall average. It's 36/8 = 4.5 mph.
First day's speed is x , second day's would be x+3.

If you look at option A to D , the average is >= the two elements. It not possible for the average to be higher than the two elements

Only in Option E , one element is below the average and another one is above



hi there pandeyashwin :-) if you say "It not possible for the average to be higher than the two elements" then average is is still higher than 2. pls clarify :-)

The average of 1 and 4 will lie between the two extremes. It cannot be higher than 4 or lower than 1
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A marathoner ran for two days. On the second day he ran at an average speed of 3 mile per hour faster than he ran on the first day. If during the two days he ran a total of 36 miles and did a total of 8 hours running, which of the following could be his average speed, in miles per hour, on the first day?

(A) 0.25
(B) 0.50
(C) 1.00
(D) 1.50
(E) 2.00


The average speed for the entire two days was 36/8 = 4.5 mph

Thus, since the speed on the first day was 3 mph slower than that of the second day, the speed on the first day must be less than 4.5 mph and the speed on the second day must be greater than 4.5 mph.

Since the speed on the second day is greater than 4.5 mph, which is 3 mph faster than that of the first day, the speed on the first day must be greater than 1.5 mph. So the only possible speed on the first day, from the given answer choices, is 2 mph.

Answer: E
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