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In the first half of last year, a team won 60 percent of the games it played. In the second half of last year, the team played 20 games, winning 3 of them. If the team won 50 percent of the games it played last year, what was the total number of games the team played last year? A) 60 B) 70 C) 80 D) 90 E) 100
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ExplanationTotal games last year = \(x\) Games in 2nd half of year = \(20\) Games in 1st half of year = \(x  20\) 60% of games in first half + 3 games in second half = 50% of the total games\(0.60 \times (x  20) + 3 = 0.50 \times x\) \(0.60(x  20) + 3 = 0.50x\) \(0.60x  12 + 3 = 0.50x\) \(0.60x  9 = 0.50x\) \(9 = 0.10x\) \(x =90\) Hence option D is correct.
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Please could you correct me since there is possibility that I can make this mistake again …
I did the following X = number of total games in the first half of the year 0.6x+3=0.5(x+20) 0.6x+3=0.5x+10 0.1x=7 X=70, which is not correct



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yell2012prime wrote: Please could you correct me since there is possibility that I can make this mistake again …
I did the following X = number of total games in the first half of the year 0.6x+3=0.5(x+20) 0.6x+3=0.5x+10 0.1x=7 X=70, which is not correct X=70 is correct!. Now add the 20 to get toatal games.
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sandy wrote: yell2012prime wrote: Please could you correct me since there is possibility that I can make this mistake again …
I did the following X = number of total games in the first half of the year 0.6x+3=0.5(x+20) 0.6x+3=0.5x+10 0.1x=7 X=70, which is not correct X=70 is correct!. Now add the 20 to get toatal games. trial and error made me take something like 2.5 minutes to answer this question... guess that's too long, yikes



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sandy wrote: yell2012prime wrote: Please could you correct me since there is possibility that I can make this mistake again …
I did the following X = number of total games in the first half of the year 0.6x+3=0.5(x+20) 0.6x+3=0.5x+10 0.1x=7 X=70, which is not correct X=70 is correct!. Now add the 20 to get toatal games. Thank you, this is why I have to REread prompt again and don't rush



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matayo wrote: sandy wrote: yell2012prime wrote: Please could you correct me since there is possibility that I can make this mistake again …
I did the following X = number of total games in the first half of the year 0.6x+3=0.5(x+20) 0.6x+3=0.5x+10 0.1x=7 X=70, which is not correct X=70 is correct!. Now add the 20 to get toatal games. trial and error made me take something like 2.5 minutes to answer this question... guess that's too long, yikes If you solve 20 such quest you can do it in 30 sec (after 3rd one), but we should be more careful with final answer bc there is possibility to make careless mistake (like I did when I took full cat)



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Brilliant technique! sandy wrote: Explanation
Total games last year = \(x\)
Games in 2nd half of year = \(20\)
Games in 1st half of year = \(x  20\)
60% of games in first half + 3 games in second half = 50% of the total games
\(0.60 \times (x  20) + 3 = 0.50 \times x\)
\(0.60(x  20) + 3 = 0.50x\)
\(0.60x  12 + 3 = 0.50x\)
\(0.60x  9 = 0.50x\)
\(9 = 0.10x\)
\(x =90\)
Hence option D is correct.



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Carcass wrote: In the first half of last year, a team won 60 percent of the games it played. In the second half of last year, the team played 20 games, winning 3 of them. If the team won 50 percent of the games it played last year, what was the total number of games the team played last year? A) 60 B) 70 C) 80 D) 90 E) 100 We can n = the number of games played in the first half. Thus, we see that 0.6n is the number of games won in the first half of the year and (0.6n + 3) is the total number of games won for the entire year. We also see that (n + 20) is the total number of games played during the entire year Thus, we can create the equation: (0.6n + 3)/(n + 20) = 1/2 2(0.6n + 3) = n + 20 1.2n + 6 = n + 20 0.2n = 14 n = 70 Therefore, they played a total of 70 + 20 = 90 games last year. Answer: D
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Carcass wrote: In the first half of last year, a team won 60 percent of the games it played. In the second half of last year, the team played 20 games, winning 3 of them. If the team won 50 percent of the games it played last year, what was the total number of games the team played last year? A) 60 B) 70 C) 80 D) 90 E) 100 Let T = TOTAL number of games played last yearThe team won 50 percent of the games it played last yearSo, TOTAL NUMBER OF WINS = 0.5TIn the SECOND HALF of last year, the team played 20 games, winning 3 of themNumber of WINS IN SECOND HALF = 3If the team plays 20 games in the SECOND HALF, then T  20 = the number of games played in the FIRST HALF In the first half of last year, a team won 60 percent of the games it played. So, the team won 60% of the T  20 games it played in the FIRST HALF Number of WINS IN FIRST HALF = (0.6)(T  20)We know that: WINS IN FIRST HALF + WINS IN SECOND HALF = TOTAL NUMBER OF WINSSo: (0.6)(T  20) + 3 = 0.5TExpand: 0.6T  12 + 3 = 0.5T Simplify left side: 0.6T  9 = 0.5T Subtract 0.6T from both sides to get: 9 = 0.1T Solve: T = 90 Answer: D Cheers, Brent
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let x be total number of games played let y be total number of games won 1st half / games played =x / games won 0.6x 2nd half / games played = 20 / games won 3 total games won = 0.5x  total games played 20+x = ? (plug in the equation below) total games won 0.6x +3 = 0.5x 0.6x +3 = 0.5(20+x) x = 70 hence 20+70 = 90 i made it every time when I need help with multiple choice questions or other assignments I use [url="https://assignmentmasters.org/"]"https://assignmentmasters.org/"[/url]



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yell2012prime wrote: Please could you correct me since there is possibility that I can make this mistake again …
I did the following X = number of total games in the first half of the year 0.6x+3=0.5(x+20) 0.6x+3=0.5x+10 0.1x=7 X=70, which is not correct Please look at your (X+20) . this is your total game, NOT X only. So, you are correct if you calculate X+20=> 70+20=> 90 I guess, here lies the tricks of the math. If we take Sandy's way, then we will not fall into the GRE trap!




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