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# At College X, the faculty-to-student ratio is 1:9. If two-th

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At College X, the faculty-to-student ratio is 1:9. If two-thirds of the students are female and one-quarter of the faculty is female, what fraction of the combined students and faculty are female?

(A) 11/24
(B) 5/8
(C) 25/56
(D) 11/12
(E) It cannot be determined from the information given.

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Does someone know how to solve this one without picking numbers? This is how far I got:

p/s=1/9
f/s=2/3
f/p=1/4

Equation 2 and 3 give us:

f=2s/3
f=1p/4

Set equal 2s/3=1p/4; Reducing: s/p=3/8 (which does not agree with equation 1). Where did I go wrong?

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At college x, the ratio of students to students is 1:9. If two thirds of the students are female and one quarter of faculty is female, what fraction of the combined students and faculty are female?

a) 11/24
b) 5/8
c) 23/47
d) 3/4
e) 2/3

Does someone know how to solve this one without picking numbers? This is how far I got:

p/s=1/9
f/s=2/3
f/p=1/4

Equation 2 and 3 give us:

f=2s/3
f=1p/4

Set equal 2s/3=1p/4; Reducing: s/p=3/8 (which does not agree with equation 1). Where did I go wrong?

Thanks
Steve

Can you please recheck if this is correct question?
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03 Oct 2009, 17:35
Sorry, that's the right question:

At college x, the ratio of faculty to students is 1:9. If two thirds of the students are female and one quarter of faculty is female, what fraction of the combined students and faculty are female?
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Sorry, that's the right question:

At college x, the ratio of faculty to students is 1:9. If two thirds of the students are female and one quarter of faculty is female, what fraction of the combined students and faculty are female?

Faculty/Students = 1/9
Female Faculty = ff = F/4
Female Students = fs = 2S/3

So combined ratio = (ff+fs)/(F+S) = (1/4 + 2*9/3)/(1+9)
ratio = 5/8

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04 Oct 2009, 06:20
i simply picked 100 but faculty came in fraction....so picked up 200 in nxt interval

125/200 = 5/8 ...i didint take more than a minute to conclude option answer
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05 Oct 2009, 09:12
faculty = x

Students = 9x.

Female (faculty) = x/4 and female(students) = 6x.

So fraction is = 25x/40x = 5/8

I wud go with option B
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i simply picked 100 but faculty came in fraction....so picked up 200 in nxt interval

125/200 = 5/8 ...i didint take more than a minute to conclude option answer
Just wanted to chime in here. I know I've been beaten to the math, and the OP wanted to avoid picking numbers. However, for this problem picking numbers will be easier for many test takers. Picking 100 can make it difficult, though. Fortunately, there's a trick to it! A 1:9 ratio has a total of ten parts, we're taking thirds of the the faculty, and quarters of the students. So we need a number divisible by 10, 3, and 4; multiply them out and we get 120. Start there, and things work out much better! 12 faculty, 3 female faculty, 108 students, 72 female students, 75 females gives us 75/120 = 15/24 = 5/8.
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enfinity wrote:
At College X, the faculty-to-student ratio is 1:9. If two-thirds of the students are female and one-quarter of the faculty is female, what fraction of the combined students and faculty are female?

(A) 11/24
(B) 5/8
(C) 25/56
(D) 11/12
(E) It cannot be determined from the information given.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
Does someone know how to solve this one without picking numbers? This is how far I got:

p/s=1/9
f/s=2/3
f/p=1/4

Equation 2 and 3 give us:

f=2s/3
f=1p/4

Set equal 2s/3=1p/4; Reducing: s/p=3/8 (which does not agree with equation 1). Where did I go wrong?

Thanks
Steve

The Ratio F:S is 1:9
2/3 of the students are female: 2/3*9 = 6
1/4 of the faculty are female: 1/4*1 = 0.25

So we have a combined fraction of 6.25/10 >>> expand with *4 both the dividend and divisor to get to 25/40 = 5/8
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Let F be Faculty, and S be Students.

F : S = 1x : 9x
Female_F = 1x/4
Female_S = 9x*2/3 = 6x

Total number of people at college X = 1x+9x = 10x.

Total Male = 3x/4 + 3x = 3x+12x/4 = 15x/4

Total Female = x/4 + 6x = x +24x/4 = 25x/4

Ratio of Total Female : Total Number of People at College X = 25x/4 : 10x = 25x : 40x = 5:8. Ans is B.
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