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# Martha takes a road trip from point A to point B. She drives

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Martha takes a road trip from point A to point B. She drives x percent of the distance at 60 miles per hour and the remainder at 50 miles per hour. If Martha's average speed for the entire trip is represented as a fraction in its reduced form, in terms of x, which of the following is the numerator?

(A) 110
(B) 300
(C) 1,100
(D) 3,000
(E) 30,000
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11 Nov 2011, 11:01
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i keep getting 30,000.

@ kostyan5: x% 0f D is xD/100, so t1 is xD/6000 isn't it?
what am i doing wrong?

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14 May 2005, 06:59
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total distance = d

total time taken = x/(100*60) + (100-x)/(100*50)

speed = distance / time

gives numerator = 30000

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Let total distance = D.

d1 = xD/100 v1 = 60 t1 = d1/v1 = xD/6000
d2 = (1-x)D/100 v2 = 50 t2 = d2/v2 = (1-x)D/5000

For the total trip:

V = D/T = (d1+d2) / (t1+t2)

Note that (d1+d2) = D

$$V = \frac{D}{t1+t2}= \frac{D}{\frac{xD}{6000}+\frac{(1-x)D}{5000}}$$

For this it's easy to see that the numerator in reduced form will be the least common multiple of 5000 and 6000, which is 30,000.

Let me know if you need help on how to find the least common multiple.

EDIT: fixed expressing x in percent.

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10 Nov 2011, 16:03
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Martha takes a road trip from point A to point B. She drives x percent of the distance at 60 miles per hour and
the remainder at 50 miles per hour. If Martha's average speed for the entire trip is represented as a fraction
in its reduced form, in terms of x, which of the following is the numerator?

A)110
B) 300
C)1,100
D)3,000
E) 30,000

Guys - the answer for this question is not provided. I have calculated and got 30000 i.e. E. Can someone please tell me whether my answer is correct or incorrect?
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BDSunDevil wrote:
i keep getting 30,000.

@ kostyan5: x% 0f D is xD/100, so t1 is xD/6000 isn't it?
what am i doing wrong?

Yes, you are right. I didn't realize that percent (/100) doesn't cancel out at the end because there's on x in D. So we do need to express d1 and d2 in terms of x/100. I'm going to modify my solution above.

Sorry for the confusion. The answer is 30,000.

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14 May 2005, 11:12
total distance/total time=>d/((xd/100)/60+(d-(xd/100))/50)=>solve it and you will see that the numerator is 30000.
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17 Aug 2014, 06:59
Question asks us for the fraction to be in its reduced form..

So if we solve, numerator will be 30 and not 30000....Where am I going wrong

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21 Feb 2016, 15:28
let d=total distance
let x=fraction of distance driven at 60 mph
d/[(xd/60)+(d-xd/50)]=300/(6-x) average speed
numerator=(300)(100)=30,000

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25 Aug 2017, 08:11
Assuming x=50, i.e. 50% road with speed of 60mph and remaining 50% with speed of 50mph.
Now knowing formula for average speed (when distance traveled is same) = $$\frac{2ab}{a+b}$$, (a,b are speeds)
average speed in our case = $$\frac{2*50*60}{50+60} = \frac{2*50*60}{110} = \frac{2*300}{11}$$
Question asking in terms of x,i.e. 50% = $$\frac{1}{2}$$
thus $$\frac{1}{2}*\frac{2*300}{11}*100$$
Numerator = 30000
Thus option E
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