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Data for a certain biology experiment are given in the table [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 19:29
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AMOUNT OF BACTERIA PRESENT
Time Amount
1:00 P.M. 10.0 grams
4:00 P.M. x grams
7:00 P.M. 14.4 grams

Data for a certain biology experiment are given in the table above. If the amount of bacteria present increased by the same fraction during each of the two 3-hour periods shown, how many grams of bacteria were present at 4:00 P.M.?

A. 12.0
B. 12.1
C. 12.2
D. 12.3
E. 12.4

[Reveal] Spoiler:
Please point out my flaw:
We know,
in 6 hrs. bacteria increased 14.4-10=4.4
So,since it is increasing by a constant,
in 3 hrs>> 4.4 x 3/6 = 2.2

Therefore,
1:00 P.M. 10.0 grams
4:00 P.M. 12.2 grams
7:00 P.M. 14.4 grams IMO:C
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: AMOUNT OF BACTERIA PRESENT [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 20:00
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AMOUNT OF BACTERIA PRESENT
Time Amount
1:00 P.M. 10.0 grams
4:00 P.M. x grams
7:00 P.M. 14.4 grams

Data for a certain biology experiment are given in the table above. If the amount of bacteria present increased by the same fraction during each of the two 3-hour periods shown, how many grams of bacteria were present at 4:00 P.M.?

A. 12.0
B. 12.1
C. 12.2
D. 12.3
E. 12.4


Please point out my flaw:
We know,
in 6 hrs. bacteria increased 14.4-10=4.4
So,since it is increasing by a constant,
in 3 hrs>> 4.4 x 3/6 = 2.2

Therefore,
1:00 P.M. 10.0 grams
4:00 P.M. 12.2 grams
7:00 P.M. 14.4 grams IMO:C


IMO A.

Note that the bacteria did not increase by same amount, but by same FRACTION. So the answer has to be less than 12.2, i.e. either A or B.

Assuming A is correct:
10+10*F = 12
F = 1/5
12+12*F = 14.4
So answer is A.

Please let me know if you want me to explain further.
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Re: AMOUNT OF BACTERIA PRESENT [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 20:32
I am sorry its not clear..could you please give a detailed expalnation?
got my mistake though..its says same fraction.. :oops:
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Re: AMOUNT OF BACTERIA PRESENT [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 20:37
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Let X represent the amount of bacteria present at 4:00 PM. Since the fractional increase must remain constant from 1 to 4pm as it is from 4pm to 7pm:

Fractional increase from 1 PM to 4 PM = X / 10.0
Fractional increase from 4 PM to 7 PM = 14.4 / X

\frac{X}{10.0} = \frac{14.4}{X}

X^2 = (14.4)(10.0)

X^2 = 144

X = 12

Therefore, the correct answer is A: 12.0.
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Re: AMOUNT OF BACTERIA PRESENT [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 20:46
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tejal777 wrote:
I am sorry its not clear..could you please give a detailed expalnation?
got my mistake though..its says same fraction.. :oops:


Sure. As we know that the bacterias are increasing at a constant Fraction, we can write the following equation:

10 + 10*F = X, where F = Fraction by which bacterias increases, and X = amount of bacterias after 3 hrs.
After 6 hrs, number of bacterias will be:
X+X*F = 14.4
Substituting value of X from above equation, X+X*(X-10)/10 = 14.4
X^2=144
X=12

I hope it is clear now :)
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Re: AMOUNT OF BACTERIA PRESENT [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2011, 07:14
I was using a rather stupid way..and I got B. Can anyone pls tell what got wrong with my calculation? thanks ..

Step 1: 14.4 - 10.00 = 4.4 (the total increase of amount)
Step 2: since there are 6 hours, I took 4.4/6 = approx. 0.73 (rounding up to 0.7)

So at
2pm -----> 10.0 + 0.7 = 10.7
3pm -----> 10.7 + 0.7 = 11.4
4pm -----> 11.4 + 0.7 = 12.1 (Here you go answer B) < But it isn't not right answer on OA :( WHY?? :?:

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Re: AMOUNT OF BACTERIA PRESENT [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2011, 08:47
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I was using a rather stupid way..and I got B. Can anyone pls tell what got wrong with my calculation? thanks ..

Step 1: 14.4 - 10.00 = 4.4 (the total increase of amount)
Step 2: since there are 6 hours, I took 4.4/6 = approx. 0.73 (rounding up to 0.7)

So at
2pm -----> 10.0 + 0.7 = 10.7
3pm -----> 10.7 + 0.7 = 11.4
4pm -----> 11.4 + 0.7 = 12.1 (Here you go answer B) < But it isn't not right answer on OA :( WHY?? :?:

Can anyone pls enlighten? thanks...


The question says that bacteria increased by same fraction, not by same amount in 2 intervals of 3 hours.

Let X represent the amount of bacteria present at 4:00 PM. Since the fractional increase must remain constant from 1 to 4pm as it is from 4pm to 7pm:

Fractional increase from 1 PM to 4 PM = X / 10.0
Fractional increase from 4 PM to 7 PM = 14.4 / X

X \ 10 = 14.4 \ X

X^2 = 14.4 * 10

X^2 = 144

X = 12

Therefore, the correct answer is A: 12.0.
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Re: AMOUNT OF BACTERIA PRESENT [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2011, 17:58
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miweekend wrote:
I was using a rather stupid way..and I got B. Can anyone pls tell what got wrong with my calculation? thanks ..

Step 1: 14.4 - 10.00 = 4.4 (the total increase of amount)
Step 2: since there are 6 hours, I took 4.4/6 = approx. 0.73 (rounding up to 0.7)

So at
2pm -----> 10.0 + 0.7 = 10.7
3pm -----> 10.7 + 0.7 = 11.4
4pm -----> 11.4 + 0.7 = 12.1 (Here you go answer B) < But it isn't not right answer on OA :( WHY?? :?:

Can anyone pls enlighten? thanks...


The question says that bacteria increased by same fraction, not by same amount in 2 intervals of 3 hours.

Let X represent the amount of bacteria present at 4:00 PM. Since the fractional increase must remain constant from 1 to 4pm as it is from 4pm to 7pm:

Fractional increase from 1 PM to 4 PM = X / 10.0
Fractional increase from 4 PM to 7 PM = 14.4 / X

X \ 10 = 14.4 \ X

X^2 = 14.4 * 10

X^2 = 144

X = 12

Therefore, the correct answer is A: 12.0.


thank you very much....i don't want to sound v. silly but still very confused about the question asked.

......If the amount of bacteria present increased by the same fraction during each of the two 3-hour periods shown, how many grams of bacteria were present at 4:00 P.M.?i ....

If 10.0 grams is the denominator so why would 14.4 be the numerator? since 10.0 is at the bottom, 14.4 should be remaining at the bottom too ya?
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Re: AMOUNT OF BACTERIA PRESENT [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2011, 11:32
(x-10)/3=(14.4-x)/3
2x=24.4
x=12.2
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Re: AMOUNT OF BACTERIA PRESENT [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2012, 14:59
Change/Initial value...

Let's call X the value we want to find

(X-10)/10=(14,4-X)/X
X^2-10x=144-10X
X^2=144
X=12
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Re: Data for a certain biology experiment are given in the table [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2013, 14:55
Set fraction to equal X

from 1pm to 4pm is X*10
from 4pm to 7pm is 14.4/X

since the factor is consistent between the two increases we can equate the two numbers. X*10 = 14.4/X

X^2 = 14.4/10
X^2 = 144/100
X = 12/10 = 6/5

So 10*(6/5) = 12
and 12*(6/5) = 14.4

Answer is A
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