If 3/4 of the mineral deposits in a reservoir of water are removed every time a water filtration unit completes a cycle, what fraction of the total minerals present in the water will have been removed after 3 complete filtration cycles?
Here we can plug in as well but the nos should be chosen carefully. All answer choices are multiple of 4 in denominator and hence we can assume total no of minerals as multiple of 4
Let us take no of minerals to be 64 (Did not arrive at this in 1st try)
then after 1 filteration we have = 48 (removed) and 16 remaining
2nd filteration we have, 12 removed and 4 remaining
3rd filteration, 3 removed 1 remaining
total removed = 63
Total fraction of mineral removed = 63/64
I was trying for alt explanation and ended up choosing 64 after trying with 40 and other multiple of 4.
Another point to note is that it is better to look at answer choices to get some plug in options
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