In a home library consisting of 108 books, some hardcover and some softcover, exactly 2/3 of the hard cover and exactly 1/4 of the softcover books are nonfiction. What is the greatest possible number of nonfiction books in this home library?
Hardcover + Softcover = 108
(2/3)*Hardcover + (1/4)*Softcover = Non fiction
We want to maximize the Non fiction books. Note that if more books are Hardcover, more books will be Non Fiction since a higher proportion (2/3 as compared with 1/4 of softcover) of Hardcover books are Non Fiction.
Since there must be Softcover books too, we must have at least 4 Softcover books (so that (1/4)*4 = 1 - an integer)
So the rest 104 can be Hardcover but note that (2/3)*104 is not an integer since 104 is not divisible by 3.
If there are 8 softcover books, 100 is again not divisible by 3.
If there are 12 softcover books, 96 is divisible by 3. So number of hardcover books much be 96.
(2/3)*96 + (1/4)*12 = Non fiction
64 + 3 = 67 = No of non fiction books
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