There is a simple and fast way to resolve this question:

First of all you start with the equation that everybody has suggested:

120n + 90p = 60*30

4n + 3p = 60

Now here is the key.

You need only to worry about the first part of the equation "4n + 3p".

You substitute the values of n and p and check if the result is A FACTOR OF 60. If it is, then it is a possible solution, because you know that you need only to multiply the equations by a factor to get 60 as a result.

Step by step:

A 3:16 --> 4*3 + 3*16 = 60 - ok here we are lucky. This is a solution.

B 1:2 --> 4*1 + 3*2 = 10 This is another solution because 10 is a factor of 60. If we multiply the numbers of the ration by 6, we will have 6:12, and the result will be 4*6 + 3*12 = 60. But we don't need to multiply to see that the result will be 60. When we see 12, we think: It is enough!

C 2:3 --> 4*2 + 3*3 = 17 CORRECT. Here is our solution. There is no number to multiply to get a result of 60, therefore it is impossible to have the ratio 2:3

D 9:8 --> 4*9 + 3*8 = 60 lucky again

E 3:1 --> 4*3 + 3*1 = 15. It is a possible solution.

Notice that explaining this in detail might be look time consuming, but try to do this question, following this reasoning, ans you will see it is very fast.

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