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Roger can read a book in k minutes. What part of the book can he read

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Roger can read a book in k minutes. What part of the book can he read in 8 minutes? (k>8)

A) 8+k
B) 8/k
C) k/8
D) (k+ 8)/k
E) (k-8) / k

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If a book can be read in \(k\) minutes, then the reading rate is \(\frac{1}{k}\) books per minute. Therefore in 8 minutes

\(8*(\frac{1}{k})\) books will be read

\(= \frac{8}{k}\)

Answer: B


An example with numbers to illustrate: if it takes Roger 16 minutes to read a book, that means he can read 1/16 of a book in a minute. So in 8 minutes he can read 8/16 of a book. This makes logical sense too; 16 minutes for a full book, 8 minutes for half a book. 1/2 = 8/16.
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Mesto wrote:
Roger can read a book in k minutes. What part of the book can he read in 8 minutes? (k>8)

A) 8+k
B) 8/k
C) k/8
D) (k+ 8)/k
E) (k-8) / k


Another approach is the input-out approach.

Let's say k = 24
That is, it takes 24 minutes to read the entire book.
So, in 8 minutes, Roger can read 1/3 of the book
So, we're looking for the answer choice that yields an OUTPUT of 1/3 when k = 24

A) 8+24 = 32 ELIMINATE
B) 8/24 = 1/3 KEEP
C) 24/8 = 3 ELIMINATE
D) (24+ 8)/24 = 32/24 = 4/3 ELIMINATE
E) (24-8) / 24 = 16/24 = 2/3 ELIMINATE

Answer: B


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Mesto wrote:
Roger can read a book in k minutes. What part of the book can he read in 8 minutes? (k>8)

A) 8+k
B) 8/k
C) k/8
D) (k+ 8)/k
E) (k-8) / k


Since Roger’s rate is 1/k, he can read 1/k x 8 = 8/k of a book in 8 minutes.

Answer: B
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