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Four brothers Adam, Bill, Charles and David together [#permalink]
01 Apr 2010, 03:37

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Four brothers Adam, Bill, Charles and David together contributed certain amount of money and purchased a car. The contribution made by Adam is half that of the total contribution made by the other three brothers, contribution made by Bill is one-fourth of the total contribution made by the other three brothers and the contribution made by Charles is two-third of the total contribution made by the other three brothers. If the total price of the car is $9900, find the contribution made by David.

Re: Hard Ratio question [#permalink]
01 Apr 2010, 04:02

Hmm, if you write it down you get literally:

\(A = \frac{1}{2}(B + C + D)\)

\(B = \frac{1}{4}(A + C + D)\)

\(C = \frac{2}{3}(A + B + D)\)

\(A + B + C + D = 9900\)

Therefore you have a system of 4 unknowns and 4 equations, so it's solvable (too bad it's not a DS problem we could just stop here ). Now I guess the easiest way to solve it is to use Gauss' Pivot Method? Remember you are only interested in D, so no need to calculate A, B and C, that would be a waste of time

Re: Four brothers Adam, Bill, Charles and David together [#permalink]
02 Dec 2012, 03:30

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hardnstrong wrote:

Four brothers Adam, Bill, Charles and David together contributed certain amount of money and purchased a car. The contribution made by Adam is half that of the total contribution made by the other three brothers, contribution made by Bill is one-fourth of the total contribution made by the other three brothers and the contribution made by Charles is two-third of the total contribution made by the other three brothers. If the total price of the car is $9900, find the contribution made by David.

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