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# Positive integer y is 50 percent of 50 percent of positive

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Positive integer y is 50 percent of 50 percent of positive integer x, and y percent of x equals 100. what is the value of x ?

A) 50
B) 100
C) 200
D) 1000
E) 2000

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Positive integer y is 50 percent of 50 percent of positive integer x, and y percent of x equals 100. what is the value of x ?

A. 50
B. 100
C. 200
D. 1000
E. 2000

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I already solved it. Posting this for others who needs practice.

Given: $$x>0$$ and $$y>0$$.
"Positive integer y is 50 percent of 50 percent of positive integer x" --> $$y=0.5*(0.5x)=0.25x$$
"y percent of x equals 100" --> $$\frac{y}{100}*x=100$$ --> $$xy=100*100$$ --> substitute $$y$$ --> $$x^2=4*100*100$$ --> as $$x>0$$, only one solution $$x=200$$.

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$$y = \frac{50x}{100} * \frac{50}{100}$$

$$y = \frac{25x}{100}$$ .......... (1)

$$\frac{xy}{100} = 100$$

$$y = 100 * \frac{100}{x}$$ ..... (2)

Equating (1) & (2)

$$\frac{25x}{100} = 100 * \frac{100}{x}$$

$$25 x^2 = 100 * 100 * 100$$

$$x^2 = 4 * 100 * 100$$

x = 2 * 10 * 10 = 200

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Positive integer y is 50 percent of 50 percent of positive integer x, and y percent of x equals 100. what is the value of x ?

A) 50
B) 100
C) 200
D) 1000
E) 2000

Given:
x >0 and y > 0
y = $$\frac{50}{100}$$($$\frac{50}{100}$$*x) = 0.25x - (i)
$$\frac{y}{100}$$*x = 100. Hence xy = 10000 - (ii)

Required: Value of x
Substituting the value of y in (ii)

x*0.25x = 10000
$$x^2$$ = 100*100*100/25 = 4*100*100
x = 200 and - 200
We will consider only the positive value as we are told that x > 0

x = 200
Option C
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zz0vlb wrote:
Positive integer y is 50 percent of 50 percent of positive integer x, and y percent of x equals 100. what is the value of x ?

A) 50
B) 100
C) 200
D) 1000
E) 2000

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y = 50% of 50% of x = (1/2)*(1/2)*x = x/4

(y/100)x=100
x^2/400 = 100
x = 200

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26 Dec 2015, 09:41
Hi All,

This question can be solved by TESTing THE ANSWERS.

We're told that:
1) Positive integer Y is 50 percent of 50 percent of positive integer X
2) Y percent of X equals 100

We're asked for the value of X.

IF....
X = 100
Y = (.5)(.5)(100) = 25
25% of 100 = 25 (but it's supposed to be 100). This answer is TOO SMALL.

IF....
X = 1000
Y = (.5)(.5)(1000) = 250
250% of 1000 = 2500 (but it's supposed to be 100). This answer is TOO BIG.

The likely correct answer is C, but we can TEST it rather easily...

IF....
X = 200
Y = (.5)(.5)(200) = 50
50% of 200 = 100. This is an exact MATCH for what we were told, so this MUST be the answer.

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C

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