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When a truck travels at 60 miles per hour, it uses 30% more gasoline to travel any distance than it does when it travels at 50 miles per hour. The truck can travel 20 miles on a gallon of gas if it is traveling at 50 miles per hour. The truck has only 10 gallons of gas and is 160 miles from its destination. It takes 20 minutes for the truck to stop for gas. How long will it take the truck to reach its final destination if the truck is driven at 60 miles per hour? A. 160 minutes B. 180 minutes C. 190 minutes D. 192 minutes E. 195 minutes
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Originally posted by faifai0714 on 18 Sep 2006, 15:15.
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B. 180 minutes
E50 = 20mpg
E60 = 0.7 x E50 = 14mpg
Amount of gas = 10 gallons
Dist to dest = 160 miles
Speed = 60 mph
Total time to dest = 160/60 x 60 = 160 minutes
As 10 x 14 < 160, need to stop 20 minutes to refuel.
Total time = 160 + 20 = 180 minutes.



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the answer is B
at 50 miles/hr rate,
every hr needs 2.5gallons of gas {(50 miles/hr)/(20miles/ Gallon)=2.5 gollons/hr}
160/50=3.2hr
3.2*2.5=8 gallons
at 60 miles/hr rate, the truck use 30% more gasline
8*1.3=10.4 gallons
total time=160/60*60+20=180minutes



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Iawfy wrote: the answer is B
at 50 miles/hr rate, every hr needs 2.5gallons of gas {(50 miles/hr)/(20miles/ Gallon)=2.5 gollons/hr} 160/50=3.2hr 3.2*2.5=8 gallons at 60 miles/hr rate, the truck use 30% more gasline 8*1.3=10.4 gallons total time=160/60*60+20=180minutes Hi iamwfy, we can conclude the above thing fast....... At 50mph truck needs 1 gallon for 20 miles. At 60mph truck needs 1.3gallons for the same 20 miles(bcoz the consumption is 30%higher) It has to travel 160 miles at 60mph,so it will need 1.3 x 8 =10.4 gallons. Since it has only 10 gallons it has to wait for 20 minutes to get the extra 0.4 gallon. So total time is 160minutes +20 minutes = 180
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@60 mph mileage = (1  0.3) * 20 = 14 mpg
Time = Distance/speed
TIme = 160/60 hours
Time = 160/60 * 60 minutes
Time = 160 minutes.
Since the truck is using gas at the rate of 14 mpg and there are only 10 gallons. So,
Time = 160 + 20 = 180.
ANSWER: B



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lan583 wrote: cicerone wrote: Iawfy wrote: the answer is B
at 50 miles/hr rate, every hr needs 2.5gallons of gas {(50 miles/hr)/(20miles/ Gallon)=2.5 gollons/hr} 160/50=3.2hr 3.2*2.5=8 gallons at 60 miles/hr rate, the truck use 30% more gasline 8*1.3=10.4 gallons total time=160/60*60+20=180minutes Hi iamwfy, we can conclude the above thing fast....... At 50mph truck needs 1 gallon for 20 miles. At 60mph truck needs 1.3gallons for the same 20 miles(bcoz the consumption is 30%higher) It has to travel 160 miles at 60mph,so it will need 1.3 x 8 =10.4 gallons. Since it has only 10 gallons it has to wait for 20 minutes to get the extra 0.4 gallon. So total time is 160minutes +20 minutes = 180 Where did you get 160 minutes? Thanks
To travel 160 miles with 60mph it will obviously take 160 minutes and 20 more minutes to fill the extra gas needed



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New mileage @ 60mph = 20/1.3 miles per gallon Gallons of gas required to cover 160 miles @ 60mph = 160 / (20 / 1.3). But its tank hold only 10 gallons. Hence the truck will make one stop for 20 min. Normal time to cover 160 miles = 160/60 hr = 160 mins. Now total time = 160 mins + 20 mins = 180 mins Madelaine88 wrote: When a truck travels at 60 mph, it takes 30% more gasoline to travel any distance than it does when it travels at 50 mph. The truck can travel 20 miles on a gallon of gas if it is travelling at 50mph. The truck has only 10 gallons of gas and is 160 miles from its destination. It takes 20 minutes for the truck stop for gas. How long will it take the truck to reach its final destination if the truck is driven at 60 mph?
A/ 160 min B/ 180 min C/ 190 min D/ 192 min E/ 195 min
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Sol: The question is how many times the truck stops for refueling? If it didn't have to stop; then the truck would travel a distance of 160 m @ 60mph in 160/60 = 2hours 40minutes Let's see how many times the truck will have to stop for the gas; @ 60 mph, the mileage of the truck will be; \(\frac{20}{1.3}\) So; in 10 gallons; the truck will travel \(\frac{20*10}{1.3} miles\) \(\frac{20*10}{1.3} miles \approx 153 miles\) Still few miles short of 160. Thus; refueling the tank once would suffice even if the tank's capacity is just 10 gallons. If the truck stopped once for the fill; then it spent an extra 20 minutes. Total travel time = 2 hour 40 min+20 min = 3 hours = 180 mins Ans: "B"
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Hi Bunuel
Can u clarify, is gallon consumption has to play a vital part to solve it??? I don't think so. Its mentioned to make someone confused...
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prasannajeet wrote: When a truck travels at 60 miles per hour, it uses 30% more gasoline to travel any distance than it does when it travels at 50 miles per hour. The truck can travel 20 miles on a gallon of gas if it is traveling at 50 miles per hour. The truck has only 10 gallons of gas and is 160 miles from its destination. It takes 20 minutes for the truck to stop for gas. How long will it take the truck to reach its final destination if the truck is driven at 60 miles per hour?
A. 160 minutes B. 180 minutes C. 190 minutes D. 192 minutes E. 195 minutes
Hi Bunuel
Can u clarify, is gallon consumption has to play a vital part to solve it??? I don't think so. Its mentioned to make someone confused...
Rgds Prasannajeet We use consumption to see whether 10 gallons are enough to travel 160 miles, so whether 20 additional minutes will be needed to refuel while covering the distance. Hope it helps.
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Understood and thanx for explanation
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faifai0714 wrote: When a truck travels at 60 miles per hour, it uses 30% more gasoline to travel any distance than it does when it travels at 50 miles per hour. The truck can travel 20 miles on a gallon of gas if it is traveling at 50 miles per hour. The truck has only 10 gallons of gas and is 160 miles from its destination. It takes 20 minutes for the truck to stop for gas. How long will it take the truck to reach its final destination if the truck is driven at 60 miles per hour?
A. 160 minutes B. 180 minutes C. 190 minutes D. 192 minutes E. 195 minutes The answer is indeed B, but I feel like this question could be made more interesting (or perhaps just harder) if we introduced a choice. The driver can drive at 50 mph or 60 mph. What is the minimum amount of time he could take to reach his destination. Then we'd need to add in 160 miles / 50 mph = 3.2 hours, or 180 minutes + (\(\frac{1}{5} * 60\)) = 192 minutes (not coincidentally answer choice D). Then we could compare D to B and determine that going 60 mph is faster than 50 and pick B as the overall answer. Of course this might make people think that if he drove at ~55 mph he'd probably get there in under 3 hours without having to refuel. Just fuel for understanding GMAT algebra concepts! Thanks! Ron
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VeritasPrepRon wrote: faifai0714 wrote: When a truck travels at 60 miles per hour, it uses 30% more gasoline to travel any distance than it does when it travels at 50 miles per hour. The truck can travel 20 miles on a gallon of gas if it is traveling at 50 miles per hour. The truck has only 10 gallons of gas and is 160 miles from its destination. It takes 20 minutes for the truck to stop for gas. How long will it take the truck to reach its final destination if the truck is driven at 60 miles per hour?
A. 160 minutes B. 180 minutes C. 190 minutes D. 192 minutes E. 195 minutes The answer is indeed B, but I feel like this question could be made more interesting (or perhaps just harder) if we introduced a choice. The driver can drive at 50 mph or 60 mph. What is the minimum amount of time he could take to reach his destination. Then we'd need to add in 160 miles / 50 mph = 3.2 hours, or 180 minutes + (\(\frac{1}{5} * 60\)) = 192 minutes (not coincidentally answer choice D). Then we could compare D to B and determine that going 60 mph is faster than 50 and pick B as the overall answer. Of course this might make people think that if he drove at ~55 mph he'd probably get there in under 3 hours without having to refuel. Just fuel for understanding GMAT algebra concepts! Thanks! Ron +1. Thank you Ron for giving me an idea for a question.
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