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# Eighty percent of the lights at Hotel California are on at 8

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Eighty percent of the lights at Hotel California are on at 8 p.m. a certain evening. However, forty percent of the lights that are supposed to be off are actually on and ten percent of the lights that are supposed to be on are actually off. What percent of the lights that are on are supposed to be off?
22(2/9)%
16(2/3)%
11(1/9)%
10%
5%

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25 Jun 2008, 22:54
Let F be the lights that are supposed to be off and N be lights supposed to be ON

Now .4F+.9N=.8(N+F)
=> 4F=N

We need to find: 0.4F / .8(N+F) x100 = 10%
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25 Jun 2008, 23:04
Nice solution, the best and shortest one yet.
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25 Jun 2008, 23:08
gmatnub wrote:
Eighty percent of the lights at Hotel California are on at 8 p.m. a certain evening. However, forty percent of the lights that are supposed to be off are actually on and ten percent of the lights that are supposed to be on are actually off. What percent of the lights that are on are supposed to be off?
22(2/9)%
16(2/3)%
11(1/9)%
10%
5%

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Let X be lights that should be ON,
Let Y be lights that should be OFF

Lights that are ON = [X - 0.1X] + 0.4[Y] = 0.8[Total]
=> 0.9X+ O.4Y = 0.8[X+Y]
=> 0.1 X = 0.4 Y

Its given in Q that "forty percent of the lights that are supposed to be off are actually on"

i.e 0.1 X = 0.4 Y => 0.1 = 0.4Y/X , thus 10%
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