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In a certain company, what is the number of female executive [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2007, 09:56
In a certain company, what is the number of female executive managers to the number of male executive managers?

(1)the number of female executive mangers is 5/8of the number of the total executive managers

(2)the number of female executive managers is 3/5 of the number of male executive managers

my answer is E
because No specific numbers are in the Question and the case (1)(2)

However, the answer seems to be D, because the ratio of female to male managers is on both sides (1)and(2)

Which one do you think is correct?

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Re: Ratio or the Number? [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2007, 10:03
leokkim wrote:
In a certain company, what is the number of female executive managers to the number of male executive managers?

(1)the number of female executive mangers is 5/8of the number of the total executive managers

(2)the number of female executive managers is 3/5 of the number of male executive managers

my answer is E
because No specific numbers are in the Question and the case (1)(2)

However, the answer seems to be D, because the ratio of female to male managers is on both sides (1)and(2)

Which one do you think is correct?

thank you


The question clearly asks for the ratio only. So, the absolute numbers are inconsequential. The answer should be D.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2007, 22:14
number of executive managers = x = w+m
number of male executive managers = m
number of female executive managers = w = x-m

St1:
w = 5/8(w+m)
w = 5/8w + 5/8m

Can work out w/m. Sufficient.

St2:
w = 3/5m. Can work out w/m. Sufficient.

Ans D
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