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Program Content for April 15, 2014



1. F(x) is a linear function and the function G(x) = F-1(x) + 3. If F(2) = 3 and F(3) = 6, then what is G(3)?


               A. -1

               B. 2

               C. 5

               D. 6




2. A right triangle is oriented so that its legs form its height and base. The base of the triangle is 4 units longer than its height. In terms of the triangle's height, H, how long is the hypotenuse?


               A. 2H + 4

               B. √(10H + 16)

               C.(2H2 + 16)

               D.(2H2 + 8H + 16)




3. Circles M and N are concentric. The area of circle is N is 16 times larger than area of circle M and the diameter of M = 3π inches.  How long is the longest possible line segment with one end point on each circle.


               A. 4.5 inches

               B. 6 inches

               C. 7.5 inches

               D. 9 inches




4. On rectangle MNOP, point Q is the midpoint of MN. What is the ratio of the area of MNOP to the area of MQOP?


               A. 1 to 4

               B. 3 to 4

               C. 4 to 3

               D. 8 to 7




Based on the article titled “India ready to make history with world’s biggest election” on page A3 of the Monday, April 7th, Seattle Times


5. Around 815 million people of India's total population of 1.2 billion are registered to vote. They'll elect 543 lawmakers to the lower house of India's Parliament, the Lok Sabha, with each position representing a roughly equal portion of the voters. In U.S., with a population of 315 million, we have 435 proportionately allocated lawmakers in our House of Representatives. How many times as many people do each one of India's lawmakers represent compared to each U.S. representative?


               A. 2 times as many

               B. 3 times as many

               C. 5 times as many

               D. 10 times as many




6. The number of polling stations across India has grown significantly since the last election in 2009. Then there were just 800,000 polling stations and 2 million voting machines. Now, there are 919,000 polling stations and more than 3.6 million machines. In the state of Tripura, 10,000 security guards will be needed to guard the 1,605 polling stations. If the number of polling stations in each state has increased at the same rate, how many guards would have been needed in Tripura in 2009?


               A. 8,610

               B. 8,700

               C. 9,110

               D. 11,500




7.   There are 100 million new voters in this election, primarily those who have turned 18 since the last election. There are 23 million voters that are18-years-old registered currently. If 85% of 18-year-olds in India are registered to vote, then what percent of the country's total population are currently 18 years old?


               A. 1.6%

               B. 1.9%

               C. 2.1%

               D. 2.3%




Based on the article titled “Tech sweetens tasks at maple-syrup time” on page A7 of the Tuesday, April 8th, Seattle Times


8. The new maple-sap monitoring system helps syrup producers cut down on waste and decreases the amount of labor needed to maintain their operations. The test program resulted in 20,000 taps producing an extra $15,000, a 5% increase. Richards has installed the new system in his 5,000-tap operation. If Richards' taps on average produce the same amount as the taps from the test program, then how many dollars worth of sap should Richards' expect to receive this year from his taps?            

               A. $3,750

               B. $71,250

               C. $75,000

               D. $78,750



9.  The sensors for each tap cost about $1.50 and each mainline benefits from having a $200 vacuum sensor and a $400 tank sensor. If Richards' operation has 6 mainlines, in how about how many years would he make back his investment in the new system?


               A. 1 year

               B. 2 years

               C. 3 years

               D. 4 years



10. Richards' syrup operation is spread out over 100 acres. An acre is equal to 43,560 square feet. On average, what is the value of the syrup that Richards will get each year from every 100 square feet of his operation with the new system installed?


               A. $1.72

               B. $1.81

               C. $172

               D. $181



Based on the article titled “Medicare spends big on eye docs” on page A1 of the Thursday, April 10th, Seattle Times 

11.  Injections of Lucentis accounted for $1 billion in Medicare spending in 2012. The drug fights eye diseases but does so at a cost of $2,000 per injection, much more than the $50 per injection cost of the similar drug, Avastin. Medicare pays doctors 6% of the cost of the drugs they prescribe. How much more did Medicare pay eye-doctors due to them prescribing injections of Lucentis instead of injections of Avastin?


               A. $59 million

               B. $82 million

               C. $120 million

               D. $980 million


12. Lucentis injections are used to slow or prevent degeneration of the retinas and are applied at least once a month. If a Medicare patient receives Lucentis injections in both eyes for 10 years, what is the minimum total amount that Medicare would pay the doctor that performs the injections?


               A. $14,400

               B. $28,800

               C. $288,000

               D. $480,000



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