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The price of a bushel of corn is currently $3.20, and the price of a peck of wheat is$5.80. The price of corn is increasing at a constant rate of 5x cents per day while the price of wheat is decreasing at a constant rate of $$x\sqrt{2} - x$$ cents per day. What is the approximate price when a bushel of corn costs the same amount as a peck of wheat?

(A) $4.50 (B)$5.10
(C) $5.30 (D)$5.50

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The price of a bushel of corn is currently $3.20, and the price of a peck of wheat is$5.80. The price of corn is increasing at a constant rate of $$5x$$ cents per day while the price of wheat is decreasing at a constant rate of $$\sqrt{2}*x-x$$ cents per day. What is the approximate price when a bushel of corn costs the same amount as a peck of wheat?

(A) $4.50 (B)$5.10
(C) $5.30 (D)$5.50
(E) $5.60 Note that we are not asked in how many days prices will cost the same. Let $$y$$ be the # of days when these two bushels will have the same price. First let's simplify the formula given for the rate of decrease of the price of wheat: $$\sqrt{2}*x-x=1.41x-x=0.41x$$, this means that the price of wheat decreases by $$0.41x$$ cents per day, in $$y$$ days it'll decrease by $$0.41xy$$ cents; As price of corn increases $$5x$$ cents per day, in $$y$$ days it'll will increase by $$5xy$$ cents; Set the equation: $$320+5xy=580-0.41xy$$, solve for $$xy$$ --> $$xy=48$$; The cost of a bushel of corn in $$y$$ days (the # of days when these two bushels will have the same price) will be $$320+5xy=320+5*48=560$$ or$5.6.

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The price of a bushel of corn is currently $3.20, and the price of a peck of wheat is$5.80. The price of corn is increasing at a constant rate of 5x cents per day while the price of wheat is decreasing at a constant rate of x(2^1/2) - x cents per day. What is the approximate price when a bushel of corn costs the same amount as a peck of wheat?

(A) $4.50 (B)$5.10
(C) $5.30 (D)$5.50
(E) $5.60 Lets y be the number of days until prices are equal. The end price of corn = 3.2 + 5xy The end price of wheat = 5.8 - x(1.4-1) = 5.8 - 0.4xy The two end prices are equal -> 3.2 +5xy = 5.8 - 0.4xy From here we get that 5.4xy = 2.6, or y = 2.6/5.4x or 26/54x Replace y in first equation and you get 3.2 + 5x(26/54x), cross the x and you get approximately 3.2 + 2.4 =$5.6
Check price for 2nd equation = 5.8 - 0.4x(26/54X), cros x and you get 5.8 - 0.2 = $5.6 I got to y = 2.6/5.4X via a number of simple methods and it took me 4-5 mins to realize this is all I needed:)) Math Expert V Joined: 02 Sep 2009 Posts: 61202 Re: The price of a bushel of corn is currently$3.20, and the price of a  [#permalink]

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Bunnel,

320+5xy=580-0.41xy, solve for xy --> xy=48; (Especially the last step 260/5.41)

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320 + 5xy = 580 - 0.41xy;

5xy + 0.41xy = 580 - 320;

5.41xy = 260

541/100*xy = 260

xy = 260*100/541 = ~48.
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Bunnel,

320+5xy=580-0.41xy, solve for xy --> xy=48; (Especially the last step 260/5.41)

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Re: The price of a bushel of corn is currently $3.20, and the price of a [#permalink] ### Show Tags dancinggeometry wrote: The price of a bushel of corn is currently$3.20, and the price of a peck of wheat is $5.80. The price of corn is increasing at a constant rate of 5x cents per day while the price of wheat is decreasing at a constant rate of x(2^1/2) - x cents per day. What is the approximate price when a bushel of corn costs the same amount as a peck of wheat? (A)$4.50
(B) $5.10 (C)$5.30
(D) $5.50 (E)$5.60

hi Bunuel, niks18 i have no idea if approached the question correctly, but I got correct answer 9i decoded this info x(2^1/2) - x as 2^1/2 = $$\sqrt{2}$$ = 1.4 hence x(2^1/2) - x = 1.4x -1.4

here is it please advice if it is correct solution.

$$3,20 + 1.6x = 5.80 -1.4x -1.4$$

$$1.6x + 1.4x = 5.80 - 3.20-1.4$$

$$3x = 1.2$$

$$x = 2.5$$

$$3.20+2.50 = 5.70$$

so i chose $$E$$
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Bunuel I'm a little confused by this last line:

541/100*xy = 260

xy = 260*100/541 = ~48.

Did you just divide 26,000 by 541 in your head or something? I'm confused how people are getting that ballpark 48 number. Guess and check? Thanks!
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