Bunuel wrote:

The price of a phone call consists of a standard connection fee, which is constant, plus a per minute charge. A 10-minute call costs $2.90 and a 16-minute call costs $4.40. How much does a 13-minute call cost?

(A) $3.55

(B) $3.57

(C) $3.58

(D) $3.65

(E) $3.77

\(? = f + 13c\,\,\,\,\left[ \$ \right]\)

The constant fee (f) and the minute-charge (c) will be considered in CENTS.

(Amounts in cents are always integers!) \(\left\{ \matrix{

\,f + 10c = 290 \hfill \cr

\,f + 16c = 440 \hfill \cr} \right.\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\mathop \Rightarrow \limits^{\left( + \right)} \,\,\,\,\,\,2f + 26c = 290 + 440\,\,\,\,\,\,\mathop \Rightarrow \limits^{{\rm{focus}}\,!} \,\,\,\,\,\,? = {{2f + 26c} \over 2} = 145 + 220 = 365\,\,\,\,\,\,\left[ {\,{\rm{cents}}\,} \right]\)

This solution follows the notations and rationale taught in the GMATH method.

Regards,

Fabio.

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Fabio Skilnik :: https://GMATH.net (Math for the GMAT) or GMATH.com.br (Portuguese version)

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