Official Guide Explanation:
Problem Solving #133




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Solution and Metadata

Question: 133
Page: 171
Difficulty: 4 (Moderately Easy)
Category 1: Arithmetic > Powers and Roots of Numbers > Powers
Category 2: Algebra > Exponents >

Explanation: Per capita expenditure is a fancy way of saying "expenditure per person," so we know we're working with a fraction. 240 million is the same as 240 * 106, or, more useful given that expenditure is 1.2 times something, 2.4 * 108. Now, we can create a fraction for expenditure per person: ((1.2 * 1012)/(2.4 * 108)) = ((104)/2) = (10000/2) = 5,000, choice (E).

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