Happy Thanksgiving! Stuff Yourself with This Problem

Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully today you are enjoying good food and good company (and copious amounts of both). Even if you’re not in the United States, we hope you are eating well and enjoying the company the others!

Doing GMAT math may not be your ideal way to pass the time on a holiday, but if you’re reading this, then maybe it is your idea of fun! So, without further ado, let’s carve up the following GMAT like a Thanksgiving turkey:

In the well-known Thanksgiving equation below, M = the number of minutes after dinner until a person falls asleep, t = the ounces of turkey consumed by that person, s = the ounces of stuffing consumed by that person, c = the number of cocktails consumed by that person, v = the ounces of total vegetables consumed by that person, and K is a constant. Last year, Aunt Jane fell asleep exactly 17 minutes after dinner and she consumed 8 ounces of turkey, 6 ounces of stuffing, 5 cocktails, and 10 ounces of vegetables. This year Lauren is planning on eating 10 ounces of turkey, 6 ounces of stuffing, and 14 ounces of vegetables, while drinking 7 cocktails.

The equation is as follows:

If Lauren sticks to her plan, how many minutes after dinner will Lauren fall asleep?

(A) 1
(B) 2
(C) 5
(D) 20
(E) It cannot be determined from the information given

Check back tomorrow for our GMAT Tip of the Week, in which we’ll show you how to quickly and elegantly solve math-heavy problems like this. In the meantime, have a safe and fun Thanksgiving!

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