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Each member of a pack of 55 wolves has either brown or blue eyes and either a white or a grey coat. If there are more than 3 blue-eyed wolves with white coats, are there more blue-eyed wolves than brown-eyed wolves?

(1) Among the blue-eyed wolves, the ratio of grey coats to white coats is 4 to 3.
(2) Among the brown-eyed wolves, the ratio of white coats to grey coats is 2 to 1.
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Re: 55 wolves [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2011, 10:39
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With given information, you can construct the following grid:


White Grey Total

Brown 2x x 3x

Blue 3y 4y 7y

Total 55

So, 3x+7y=55

Now the above combinations are satisfied only for x=2 and y=7 or x=9 and y=4.

In both cases 7y > 3x, i.e. Blue eyed wolves are greater than brown eyed wolves.

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Re: Each member of a pack of 55 wolves has either brown or blue [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2012, 02:43
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Each member of a pack of 55 wolves has either brown or blue eyes and either a white or a grey coat. If there
are more than 3 blue-eyed wolves with white coats, are there more blue-eyed wolves than brown-eyed
wolves?
(1) Among the blue-eyed wolves, the ratio of grey coats to white coats is 4 to 3.
(2) Among the brown-eyed wolves, the ratio of white coats to grey coats is 2 to 1.


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Re: Each member of a pack of 55 wolves has either brown or blue [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2012, 03:28
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Not able to understand the line " If there are more than 3 blue-eyed wolves with white coats"


Each member of a pack of 55 wolves has either brown or blue eyes and either a white or a grey coat. If there are more than 3 blue-eyed wolves with white coats, are there more blue-eyed wolves than brown-eyed wolves?

Look at the matrix below:
Attachment:
Wolves.png
Wolves.png [ 4.33 KiB | Viewed 3637 times ]
"There are more than 3 blue-eyed wolves with white coats" means that # of wolves which have blue eyes AND white coats is more than 3. The question asks whether there are more blue-eyed wolves (blue box) than brown-eyed wolves (brown box).

(1) Among the blue-eyed wolves, the ratio of grey coats to white coats is 4 to 3. Not sufficient on its own.
(2) Among the brown-eyed wolves, the ratio of white coats to grey coats is 2 to 1. Not sufficient on its own.

(1)+(2) When taken together we get the flowing matrix:
Attachment:
Wolves (1)+(2).png
Wolves (1)+(2).png [ 5.23 KiB | Viewed 3630 times ]
Notice that x and y must be integers (they represent some positive multiples for the ratios given in the statements).

So, we have that 3y+7x=55. After some trial and error we can find that this equation has only 3 positive integers solutions:
y=2 and x=7 --> 3y+7x=6+49=55;
y=9 and x=4 --> 3y+7x=27+28=55;
y=16 and x=1 --> 3y+7x=48+7=55;

Now, the third solution (x=1) is not valid, since in this case # of wolves which have blue eyes AND white coats becomes 3x=3, so not more than 3 as given in the stem. As for the first two cases, in both of them 7x is more than 3y (49>6 and 28>27), so we can answer definite YES, to the question whether there are more blue-eyed wolves (blue box) than brown-eyed wolves (brown box).

Answer: C.

Hope it's clear.
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Re: Each member of a pack of 55 wolves has either brown or blue [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2012, 09:13
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Not able to understand the line " If there are more than 3 blue-eyed wolves with white coats"


Each member of a pack of 55 wolves has either brown or blue eyes and either a white or a grey coat. If there are more than 3 blue-eyed wolves with white coats, are there more blue-eyed wolves than brown-eyed wolves?

Look at the matrix below:
Attachment:
Wolves.png
"There are more than 3 blue-eyed wolves with white coats" means that # of wolves which have blue eyes AND white coats is more than 3. The question asks whether there are more blue-eyed wolves (blue box) than brown-eyed wolves (brown box).

(1) Among the blue-eyed wolves, the ratio of grey coats to white coats is 4 to 3. Not sufficient on its own.
(2) Among the brown-eyed wolves, the ratio of white coats to grey coats is 2 to 1. Not sufficient on its own.

(1)+(2) When taken together we get the flowing matrix:
Attachment:
Wolves (1)+(2).png
Notice that x and y must be integers (they represent some positive multiples for the ratios given in the statements).

So, we have that 3y+7x=55. After some trial and error we can find that this equation has only 3 positive integers solutions:
y=2 and x=7 --> 3y+7x=6+49=55;
y=9 and x=4 --> 3y+7x=27+28=55;
y=16 and x=1 --> 3y+7x=48+7=55;

Now, the third solution (x=1) is not valid, since in this case # of wolves which have blue eyes AND white coats becomes 3x=3, so not more than 3 as given in the stem. As for the first two cases, in both of them 7x is more than 3y (49>6 and 28>27), so we can answer definite YES, to the question whether there are more blue-eyed wolves (blue box) than brown-eyed wolves (brown box).

Answer: C.

Hope it's clear.


Thanks Bunnel, excellent explanation. +1 :)
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Re: Each member of a pack of 55 wolves has either brown or blue [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2013, 06:28
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Re: Each member of a pack of 55 wolves has either brown or blue [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2013, 02:46
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shadabkhaniet wrote:
Not able to understand the line " If there are more than 3 blue-eyed wolves with white coats"


Each member of a pack of 55 wolves has either brown or blue eyes and either a white or a grey coat. If there are more than 3 blue-eyed wolves with white coats, are there more blue-eyed wolves than brown-eyed wolves?

Look at the matrix below:
Attachment:
Wolves.png
"There are more than 3 blue-eyed wolves with white coats" means that # of wolves which have blue eyes AND white coats is more than 3. The question asks whether there are more blue-eyed wolves (blue box) than brown-eyed wolves (brown box).

(1) Among the blue-eyed wolves, the ratio of grey coats to white coats is 4 to 3. Not sufficient on its own.
(2) Among the brown-eyed wolves, the ratio of white coats to grey coats is 2 to 1. Not sufficient on its own.

(1)+(2) When taken together we get the flowing matrix:
Attachment:
Wolves (1)+(2).png
Notice that x and y must be integers (they represent some positive multiples for the ratios given in the statements).

So, we have that 3y+7x=55. After some trial and error we can find that this equation has only 3 positive integers solutions:
y=2 and x=7 --> 3y+7x=6+49=55;
y=9 and x=4 --> 3y+7x=27+28=55;
y=16 and x=1 --> 3y+7x=48+7=55;

Now, the third solution (x=1) is not valid, since in this case # of wolves which have blue eyes AND white coats becomes 3x=3, so not more than 3 as given in the stem. As for the first two cases, in both of them 7x is more than 3y (49>6 and 28>27), so we can answer definite YES, to the question whether there are more blue-eyed wolves (blue box) than brown-eyed wolves (brown box).

Answer: C.

Hope it's clear.


There could be another solution to the equation:
y=11 and x=3 --> 3y+7x=33+21=55; and in this case, 7x < 3y => A & B together are insufficient => E is the answer
Am I missing something here?
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Re: Each member of a pack of 55 wolves has either brown or blue [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2013, 02:48
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Bunuel wrote:

Each member of a pack of 55 wolves has either brown or blue eyes and either a white or a grey coat. If there are more than 3 blue-eyed wolves with white coats, are there more blue-eyed wolves than brown-eyed wolves?

Look at the matrix below:
Attachment:
Wolves.png
"There are more than 3 blue-eyed wolves with white coats" means that # of wolves which have blue eyes AND white coats is more than 3. The question asks whether there are more blue-eyed wolves (blue box) than brown-eyed wolves (brown box).

(1) Among the blue-eyed wolves, the ratio of grey coats to white coats is 4 to 3. Not sufficient on its own.
(2) Among the brown-eyed wolves, the ratio of white coats to grey coats is 2 to 1. Not sufficient on its own.

(1)+(2) When taken together we get the flowing matrix:
Attachment:
Wolves (1)+(2).png
Notice that x and y must be integers (they represent some positive multiples for the ratios given in the statements).

So, we have that 3y+7x=55. After some trial and error we can find that this equation has only 3 positive integers solutions:
y=2 and x=7 --> 3y+7x=6+49=55;
y=9 and x=4 --> 3y+7x=27+28=55;
y=16 and x=1 --> 3y+7x=48+7=55;

Now, the third solution (x=1) is not valid, since in this case # of wolves which have blue eyes AND white coats becomes 3x=3, so not more than 3 as given in the stem. As for the first two cases, in both of them 7x is more than 3y (49>6 and 28>27), so we can answer definite YES, to the question whether there are more blue-eyed wolves (blue box) than brown-eyed wolves (brown box).

Answer: C.

Hope it's clear.


There could be another solution to the equation:
y=11 and x=3 --> 3y+7x=33+21=55; and in this case, 7x < 3y => A & B together are insufficient => E is the answer
Am I missing something here?


Arithmetic: 33+21=54 not 55.
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(2) Among the brown-eyed wolves, the ratio of white coats to grey coats is 2 to 1.
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Re: Each member of a pack of 55 wolves has either brown or blue [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2014, 09:31
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Each member of a pack of 55 wolves has either brown or blue eyes and either a white or a grey coat. If there
are more than 3 blue-eyed wolves with white coats, are there more blue-eyed wolves than brown-eyed
wolves?
(1) Among the blue-eyed wolves, the ratio of grey coats to white coats is 4 to 3.
(2) Among the brown-eyed wolves, the ratio of white coats to grey coats is 2 to 1.


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