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# Jennifer has 60 dollars more than Brian. If she were to give

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Jennifer has 60 dollars more than Brian. If she were to give Brian 1/5 of her money, Brian would have 25% less than the amount that Jennifer would then have. How much money does Jennifer have?

A. 40
B. 100
C. 120
D. 140
E. 180

I got the answer wrong and the correct answer is B. I worked to get to B but I have the doubt which I highlighted below. Why it will be 75% and not 25%?

If we denote the amount of money owned by Jennifer as j and that owned by Brian as b, we can create two equations based on the information in the problem. First, Jennifer has 60 dollars more than Brian: j = b + 60.

Second, if she were to give Brian 1/5 of her money, she would have j – (1/5)j = (4/5)j dollars. Brian would then have b + (1/5)j dollars. Therefore, since Brian’s amount of money would be $$75%$$ of Jennifer’s, we can create another equation: b + (1/5)j = (0.75)(4/5)j, which can be simplified as follows:
b + (1/5)j = (0.75)(4/5)j
b + (1/5)j = (3/4)(4/5j)
b + (1/5)j = (3/5)j
b = (3/5)j – (1/5)j
b = (2/5)j

Substitute this expression for b back into the first equation, then solve for j:
j = b + 60
j = (2/5)j + 60
j – (2/5)j = 60
(3/5)j = 60
j = (60)(5/3) = 100
Therefore, Jennifer has 100 dollars.
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Jennifer has 60 dollars more than Brian. If she were to give Brian 1/5 of her money, Brian would have 25% less than the amount that Jennifer would then have. How much money does Jennifer have?
A. 40
B. 100
C. 120
D. 140
E. 180

Jennifer has 60 dollars more than Brian --> J=B+60;

If Jennifer were to give Brian 1/5 of her money, she would have 4/5*J and Brian would have B+1/5*J=(J-60)+1/5*J;

After that Brian would have 25% less than the amount that Jennifer would then have, so Brian would have 100%-25%=75% (3/4th) of the amount that Jennifer would then have --> 3/4*(4/5*J)=(J-60)+4/5*J --> 3J/5=6J/5-60 --> 3J=6J-300 --> J=100.

Hope it's clear.

P.S. Notice that this question is a good candidate for backsolving.
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11 Mar 2012, 15:17
This is how I did it. Could someone tell me if it is flawed or if you can do it this way?

J-60 = Brian's money
J(.2) = Amount given to Brian
J(.8) = Jennifer after giving away money
J(.75) = Percentage of Jennifer's money that Brian's is after she gave him .25 of her money

Brian + Money Jennifer gave to Brian = Jennifer's money after giving to brign * Percentage of Jennifer's money that Brian's money is equal to.

J-60+J(.2)=J(.8)(.75)
J-60+J(.2)=J(.6)
J-60=J(.6)-J(.2)
J-60=J(.4)
J-J(.4)=60
J(.6)=60
J=100
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11 Mar 2012, 22:52
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This is how I did it. Could someone tell me if it is flawed or if you can do it this way?

J-60 = Brian's money
J(.2) = Amount given to Brian
J(.8) = Jennifer after giving away money
J(.75) = Percentage of Jennifer's money that Brian's is after she gave him .25 of her money

Brian + Money Jennifer gave to Brian = Jennifer's money after giving to brign * Percentage of Jennifer's money that Brian's money is equal to.

J-60+J(.2)=J(.8)(.75)
J-60+J(.2)=J(.6)
J-60=J(.6)-J(.2)
J-60=J(.4)
J-J(.4)=60
J(.6)=60
J=100

Your approach is correct, basically it's the same as mine: you just use decimals instead of fractions.
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12 Mar 2012, 06:11
assume B = x
J= x +60
1/5J = x/5 +12
J= 4/5X+48
B x+x/5+12
now 25/100*4/5x +25/100*48
x/5+12
implies 4/5x +48- x/5-12
implies 6/5x+12= 3/5X36
implies X = 40
we are looking for jenifer its x +60 so jenifier is 100
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My Way of doing it :-

Brian= x
Jenifer= 60+x
When jenifer gave one fifth of her money to brian ,then money with brian will be equal to 75% of the money that is remaining with Jenifer. So we can make the following equation :

x+1/5(60+x)= 75%[60+x-1/5(60+x)
Solve it and you will get:

x= 40
and amount with jenifer will be = 60+x
= 60+40= 100

I hope the simple explanation helps.
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12 Mar 2012, 07:02
If B = x
J = B + 60 = x + 60 ----(1)

(75%)(4/5)(J) = B + (1/5)(J)

We get (2/5)*J = B ----(2)

Substitute (2) in (1)

J = 100; B = 40

I hope I am clear with the solution
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Jennifer has 60 dollars more than Brian. If she were to give Brian 1/5 of her money, Brian would have 25% less than the amount that Jennifer would then have. How much money does Jennifer have?

A. 40
B. 100
C. 120
D. 140
E. 180

I got the answer wrong and the correct answer is B. I worked to get to B but I have the doubt which I highlighted below. Why it will be 75% and not 25%?

You can do this question by assuming values too (as long as you know the situations in which you can assume values).
Start from the last step and work upwards.

"Brian would have 25% less than the amount that Jennifer would then have" - Say Jennifer has $100 after giving then Brian would have$75 (25% less than Jennifer).
Jennifer gave 1/5 of her money and was left with $100 so she must have had$125 to begin with. Since Brian now has $75, we must have had$50 to begin with. In this case, Jennifer has $75 more than Brian. But actually she has$60 more than Brian which is (4/5) of 75. So instead of $125, she has (4/5)*125 =$100 right now.

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