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At a certain university, the ratio of the number of teaching assistants to the number of students in any course must always be greater than 3:80. At this university, what is the maximum number of students possible in a course that has 5 teaching assistants?
A. 130
B. 131
C. 132
D. 133
E. 134
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At a certain university, the ratio of the number of teaching assistants to the number of students in any course must always be greater than 3:80. At this university, what is the maximum number of students possible in a course that has 5 teaching assistants?
A. 130
B. 131
C. 132
D. 133
E. 134

Given: $$\frac{assistants}{students}>\frac{3}{80}$$ --> $$assistants=5$$, so $$\frac{5}{s}>\frac{3}{80}$$ --> $$s_{max}=?$$

$$\frac{5}{s}>\frac{3}{80}$$ --> $$s<\frac{5*80}{3}\approx{133.3}$$ --> so $$s_{max}=133$$.

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At a certain university, the ratio of the number of teaching assistants to the number of students in any course must always be greater than 3:80. At this university, what is the maximum number of students possible in a course that has 5 teaching assistants?
A. 130
B. 131
C. 132
D. 133
E. 134

Given: $$\frac{assistants}{students}>\frac{3}{80}$$ --> $$assistants=5$$, so $$\frac{5}{s}>\frac{3}{80}$$ --> $$s_{max}=?$$

$$\frac{5}{s}>\frac{3}{80}$$ --> $$s<\frac{5*80}{3}\approx{133.3}$$ --> so $$s_{max}=133$$.

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26 Oct 2010, 09:41
for 80 students, more than 3 teaching assistants are there
so for 5 teaching assistants .... no.of students max is ??

3 ---- 80
5-----?

80*5/3 = 133
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06 Feb 2011, 09:57
t/s > 3/80
s < (80/3) * t
s < 80 * 5/3
s = 133
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A ratio of Teacher/Student > 3/80

In words;
3 Teachers teach < 80 students
1 teacher teaches < 80/3 students
5 teachers teach < (80/3)*5 students
5 teachers teach < 400/3 students
5 teachers teach < 133.33 students

Students can only be integers
5 teachers teach < 134 students

or a maximum of 133 Students.

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11 Jan 2017, 10:41
Hi, Can someone pleas explain me what exactly does this line mean?

''the ratio of the number of teaching assistants to the number of students in any course must always be greater than 3:80.''
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Hi, Can someone pleas explain me what exactly does this line mean?

''the ratio of the number of teaching assistants to the number of students in any course must always be greater than 3:80.''

This is explained in the solutions above. It means $$\frac{assistants}{students}>\frac{3}{80}$$
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11 Jan 2017, 21:54
Thank you for replying Bunuel. See, I understand the algebraic representation of the statement. My problem is

teachers/students > 3/80 means that for every 80 students, there are 3 teachers. therefore, for every 1 teacher, the maximum number of student can be 26.7 rounded off to 26 (cant take 27 coz then the condition wont sustain).Now, if for 1 teacher the max is 26, therefore for 5 teachers the max should be 130, no? Where am I going wrong ??

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