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The sum of Doris and Fred's ages is y . Doris is 12 years [#permalink]

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16 Sep 2006, 20:02

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The sum of Doris and Fred's ages is y. Doris is 12 years older than Fred. How many years old will Fred be y years from now, in terms of y.
A. y-6
b. 2y-6
C. y/2-6
D. 3y/2-6
E. 5y/2-6

I have the answer by plugging in numbers, but can't figure out how this formula came about. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

The sum of Doris and Fred's ages is y. Doris is 12 years older than Fred. How many years old will Fred be y years from now, in terms of y.
A. y-6
b. 2y-6
C. y/2-6
D. 3y/2-6
E. 5y/2-6

D+F = Y BUT F+12 = D THUS 2F +12 = Y

F NOW = Y-12/2 , F Y YEARS FROM NOW = (Y-12)/2 +Y = 3y/2-6

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17 Sep 2006, 11:11

axl169 wrote:

The sum of Doris and Fred's ages is y. Doris is 12 years older than Fred. How many years old will Fred be y years from now, in terms of y. A. y-6 b. 2y-6 C. y/2-6 D. 3y/2-6 E. 5y/2-6

I have the answer by plugging in numbers, but can't figure out how this formula came about. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Ans: D

Here'z how:

d + f = y, and d = f + 12, (d and f are ages of Doris and Fred)

therefore: 2f + 12 = y or f = (y-12)/2 --- (1)

Fred's age, y years from now is f + 12
= y/2 -6 + y
= 3y/2 - 6

Re: Math Question driving me nuts!!! Please help [#permalink]

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17 Sep 2006, 21:08

axl169 wrote:

The sum of Doris and Fred's ages is y. Doris is 12 years older than Fred. How many years old will Fred be y years from now, in terms of y. A. y-6 b. 2y-6 C. y/2-6 D. 3y/2-6 E. 5y/2-6

I have the answer by plugging in numbers, but can't figure out how this formula came about. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Folks, again different ways were given to answer this. But where is our faster method i.e giving some values and then proceeding...

Let F=24 Clearly D = 36, this mean y=60 After y years ie after 60 years F= 24+60 = 84.

Go to options......... Placing y=60 Option D gives us 84. So it is D.........

Re: Math Question driving me nuts!!! Please help [#permalink]

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17 Sep 2006, 23:41

axl169 wrote:

The sum of Doris and Fred's ages is y. Doris is 12 years older than Fred. How many years old will Fred be y years from now, in terms of y. A. y-6 b. 2y-6 C. y/2-6 D. 3y/2-6 E. 5y/2-6

I have the answer by plugging in numbers, but can't figure out how this formula came about. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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