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At a speed of 50 miles per hour, a certain car uses 1 gallon of gasoline every 30 miles. If the car starts with a full 12 gallon tank of gasoline and travels for 5 hours at 50 miles per hour, the amount of gasoline used would be what fraction of a full tank?

A. 3/25 B. 11/36 C. 7/12 D. 2/3 E. 25/36

I am getting 2/3 .Please explain what am i missing?

At a speed of 50 miles per hour, a certain car uses 1 gallon of gasoline every 30 miles. If the car starts with a full 12 gallon tank of gasoline and travels for 5 hours at 50 miles per hour, the amount of gasoline used would be what fraction of a full tank?

A. 3/25 B. 11/36 C. 7/12 D. 2/3 E. 25/36

In 5 hours at 50 miles per hour car will travel 5*50=250 miles and thus will use 250/30=25/3 gallons of gasoline. Gasoline used/full tank equals to \(\frac{(\frac{25}{3})}{12} =\frac{25}{36}\).

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At a speed of 50 miles per hour, a certain car uses 1 gallon of gasoline every 30 miles. If the car starts with a full 12 gallon tank of gasoline and travels for 5 hours. the amount of gasoline used would be what fraction of full tank?

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Round off doesn't work.....250/30 is nearly 8.3 gallons..

Now 8.3/12 is not equal to 8/12(which most people who get wrong answer do) or 2/3 which is a trap and hence wrong answer...I fell in the trap,hence i know -:)

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Speed - 50m/h Consumption - 1gallon ever 30 miles Given : 12 gallons of fuel at start Expected travel on full Tank - 360m/h Actual Travel : 5 * 50 = 250 m/h

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2 / 3 is trap answer. you dont need to solve beyond 25 / 8 and get ~8. let 25 / 3 remain an then divide by 12 to get 25 / 36

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At a speed of 50 miles per hour, a certain car uses 1 gallon of gasoline every 30 miles. If the car starts with a full 12 gallon tank of gasoline and travels for 5 hours at 50 miles per hour, the amount of gasoline used would be what fraction of a full tank?

A. 3/25 B. 11/36 C. 7/12 D. 2/3 E. 25/36

I am getting 2/3 .Please explain what am i missing?

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In 5 hrs the car will travel a distance of 250 miles. 1 gallon every 30 miles equates to 25/3 gallons for 250 miles The amount of gasoline used would be (25/3)/12 = 25/36 gallon

2/3 = 0.6667 25/36 = 0.694 25/3 = 8.3 8.3/12 = 0.691 Hence E is better option than D

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11 Apr 2017, 13:34

Kind of an extremely long-winded way to answer this question, but it's how I best visualize it is: car travels 30 miles on 1 gallon. Trip total is 250 miles.

250-30=220..first gallon 220-30=210..second gallon 210-30=190..third gallon 190-30=160..fourth gallon 160-30=130..fifth gallon 130-30=100..sixth gallon 100-30=70..seventh gallon 70-30=40..eighth gallon Left with 10 gallons which = 1/3 gallon

Total of 8.3 gallons over 12 gallon tank. The smallest that can reduce down to is 2/3 so answer choices A,B & C are all out. I then cross-multiplied the remaining two answer choices and got "E". Extremely step-oriented but for me it worked. Clocked-in at under 2 minutes to solve, though.

At a speed of 50 miles per hour, a certain car uses 1 gallon of gasoline every 30 miles. If the car starts with a full 12 gallon tank of gasoline and travels for 5 hours at 50 miles per hour, the amount of gasoline used would be what fraction of a full tank?

A. 3/25 B. 11/36 C. 7/12 D. 2/3 E. 25/36

I am getting 2/3 .Please explain what am i missing?

1.In 5 hrs the car would have traveled 250 miles. 2. It would have used 250/30 gallons 3. The car started with full tank of 12 gallons 4. Gasoline used as a fraction of full tank is (250/30)/12=25/36
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08 Jun 2017, 09:23

arkle wrote:

Round off doesn't work.....250/30 is nearly 8.3 gallons..

Now 8.3/12 is not equal to 8/12(which most people who get wrong answer do) or 2/3 which is a trap and hence wrong answer...I fell in the trap,hence i know -:)

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08 Aug 2017, 03:20

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Speed - 50m/h Consumption - 1gallon ever 30 miles Given : 12 gallons of fuel at start Expected travel on full Tank - 360m/h Actual Travel : 5 * 50 = 250 m/h

Fraction would be : 250/360 = 25/36

Ans: E

Thanks a lot! The only option which clarified the last step of dividing by 12. This is the right way of determining the fraction of the done miles vs not done

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