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During a car trip, Maria stopped to rest after she traveled 1/2 of the

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During a car trip, Maria stopped to rest after she traveled 1/2 of the total distance to her destination. she stopped again after she traveled 1/4 of the distance remaining between her first stop and her destination, and then she drove the remaining 120 miles to her detination. What was the total distance, in miles from Maria's starting point to her destination?


A. 280
B. 320
C. 360
D. 420
E. 480

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Thanks Hussain, the trap is if we over look reading "remaining distance" in the statement we will end up with 480 as answer.
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Easy 320 is the answer.

3/4 ( x/2) = 120
x = 120 * 8 /3 = 320.
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During a car trip, Maria stopped to rest after she traveled 1/2 of the total distance to her destination. she stopped again after she traveled 1/4 of the distance remaining between her first stop and her destination, and then she drove the remaining 120 miles to her detination. What was the total distance, in miles from Maria's starting point to her destination?


A. 280
B. 320
C. 360
D. 420
E. 480


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1x/2 + (1/4)(1x/2) = 5x/8 = total distance traveled so far
remaining distance = 3x/8 = 120 => x = 320 kms
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Remaining distance after second stop = 3/4 *(x/2) = 120

Solving for X = 320

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zz0vlb wrote:
During a car trip, Maria stopped to rest after she traveled 1/2 of the total distance to her destination. she stopped again after she traveled 1/4 of the distance remaining between her first stop and her destination, and then she drove the remaining 120 miles to her detination. What was the total distance, in miles from Maria's starting point to her destination?


A. 280
B. 320
C. 360
D. 420
E. 480


We can let n = total distance and create the equation:

n/2 + 1/4(n/2) + 120 = n

n/2 + n/8 + 120 = n

Multiplying by 8 we have:

4n + n + 960 = 8n

960 = 3n

320 = n

Answer: B
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zz0vlb wrote:
During a car trip, Maria stopped to rest after she traveled 1/2 of the total distance to her destination. she stopped again after she traveled 1/4 of the distance remaining between her first stop and her destination, and then she drove the remaining 120 miles to her detination. What was the total distance, in miles from Maria's starting point to her destination?


A. 280
B. 320
C. 360
D. 420
E. 480


Using answer choices:

Start with B = 320 miles

Total distance = 320 miles

Half distance = 160 miles

Remaining = 160 miles

1/4th of 160 = 40 miles

160 + 40 = 200 miles

Remaining final distance = 120 miles -----> perfect match

Hence (B)
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