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# In a farm, the ratio of pigs to chickens is 13 to 28. When

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In a farm, the ratio of pigs to chickens is 13 to 28. When 15 pigs were added to the farm, the ratio of pigs to chickens became 4 to 7. What was the original total number of pigs and chickens in the farm?

(A) 200
(B) 205
(C) 210
(D) 215
(E) 220

[Reveal] Spoiler:
I suppose that, [13][/28] + 15 pigs can be [16][/28] to reduce the fraction we probably will receive [4][/7],
so 3 in numrator is equal - 15 pigs
the total number of pigs before new comers = 13*5=75

how can I get the number of chickens?

Thanx

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Hi! Could you help me with tne next problem solving question.

In a farm, the ratio of pigs to chickens is 13 to 28. When 15 pigs were added to the farm, the ratio of pigs to chickens became 4 to 7. What was the original total number of pigs and chickens in the farm?

I suppose that, [13][/28] + 15 pigs can be [16][/28] to reduce the fraction we probably will receive [4][/7],
so 3 in numrator is equal - 15 pigs
the total number of pigs before new comers = 13*5=75

how can I get the number of chickens?

Thanx

Pigs:Chicken = 13:28
No of pigs = 13x, No of chicken = 28x

When 15 more pigs were added, ratio becomes 4:7 i.e.

$$\frac{(13x+15)}{28x} = \frac{4}{7}$$
x = 5

Initially, the no of pigs was 13x = 13*5 = 65
No of chicken was 28x = 28*5 = 140
Original total = 205

or Original total = 13x + 28x = 41x = 41*5 = 205
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In a farm, the ratio of pigs to chickens is 13 to 28. When 15 pigs were added to the farm, the ratio of pigs to chickens became 4 to 7. What was the original total number of pigs and chickens in the farm?

(A) 200
(B) 205
(C) 210
(D) 215
(E) 220

[Reveal] Spoiler:
I suppose that, [13][/28] + 15 pigs can be [16][/28] to reduce the fraction we probably will receive [4][/7],
so 3 in numrator is equal - 15 pigs
the total number of pigs before new comers = 13*5=75

how can I get the number of chickens?

Thanx

15sec approach to solve this question:
Original ratio is 13:28, which shows the original total must be a multiple of 41. Only 205 among answer choices is multiple of 41.
Ans B it is.

Further, since you are interested in finding number of chickens too..Once you've total number, you can deduce number of chickens, pigs and everything else since you've the ratio given.
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