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Derek can read x pages in 5 minutes. At this rate, how long will it

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Re: Derek can read x pages in 5 minutes. At this rate, how long will it [#permalink]

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As given
x pages in 5 min, so pages per min = x/5
for P pages time = No .of pages /Pages per min
=p/x/5
=5p/x


Hence A
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Bunuel wrote:
Derek can read x pages in 5 minutes. At this rate, how long will it take him to read p pages?

A. 5p/x
B. 5x/p
C. p/(5x)
D. 5/(px)
E. px/5


x page in 5 mins

i.e. 1 page in 5/x mins

i.e. p pages in (5/x)*p

Answer: option A
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Bunuel wrote:
Derek can read x pages in 5 minutes. At this rate, how long will it take him to read p pages?

A. 5p/x
B. 5x/p
C. p/(5x)
D. 5/(px)
E. px/5


The rate for Derek is x/5, is it takes Derek p/(x/5) = 5p/x minutes.

Answer: A
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Bunuel wrote:
Derek can read x pages in 5 minutes. At this rate, how long will it take him to read p pages?

A. 5p/x
B. 5x/p
C. p/(5x)
D. 5/(px)
E. px/5

Another approach: assign values. Pick values that prevent your having to work with fractions less than 1 (e.g. don't pick x = 1 and p = 2)

Let x = 10 pages
Let p = 20 pages

Derek reads \(\frac{10pgs}{5mins}\). How long to read 20 pages?

Mental math:
Twice as many pages, twice as much time = 10 minutes, OR

\(\frac{10pgs}{5mins}=\frac{20pgs}{X mins}\)
\(10 * X = 5 * 20\)
\(10X = 100\)
\(X = 10\)
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Use x = 10, p = 20. Find the answer that yields 10.

Eliminate D and E immediately. Look at numerators and denominators. D is too small and E is too large.

A. 5p/x
\(\frac{(5*20)}{10}= \frac{100}{10} = 10\) MATCH

B. 5x/p
\(\frac{(5*10)}{20}= \frac{50}{20}=\frac{5}{2}\) NOT A MATCH

C. p/(5x)
\(\frac{20}{5*10}= \frac{20}{50}\) NOT A MATCH

D. 5/(px) - dismiss. It's tiny.

E. px/5 - dismiss. It's huge.

ANSWER A

*With this method, you must check all answers that you cannot eliminate immediately, such as D and E here. If more than one answer yields 10 (rare), pick a new set of numbers.
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