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Solution X is 20% chemical A and 80% chemical B by volume; Solution Y is 30% chemical A and 70% chemical B. If a mixture of X and Y is 22% chemical A, what percent of the mixture is Solution X?

A) 20%
B) 44%
C) 50%
D) 80%
E) 90%

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Solution X is 20% chemical A and 80% chemical B by volume; Solution Y is 30% chemical A and 70% chemical B. If a mixture of X and Y is 22% chemical A, what percent of the mixture is Solution X?

A) 20%
B) 44%
C) 50%
D) 80%
E) 90%

Can someone please also direct me to a page in gmatclub that has similar mixture problems? Thanks!


you can solve this by allegation method.
Given 22% of A is the final mixture; Sol X has 20% chemical A and Sol Y has 30 % of A. (you don't need Chemical B to solve when you r solving the problem using this method)

\(X / Y = (30-22 ) / (22-20)\)
\(X / Y = 8/2 = 4/1\)

So X and Y are in the ratio 4 : 1
Question asks percent of the mixture is Solution X.

So \(X / Total = 4/5 *100 = 80%\)

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also you can solve this one with the concept of weighted average or balance point

you care about only of chemical A in both X and Y

\(20\)------- \(22\) ------------------------\(30\)

Now the difference between 20 and 22 = 2; between 22 and 30 = 8

So \(8y = 2 x\)

\(\frac{8}{2}\) \(=\)\(\frac{x}{y}\)
Our ratio is 2 and 8 and using the concept of unknown multiplier the sum is 10. Our X is 8 on a total of 10 so 80 %

much more difficult to say that to explain. In that way you can solve a question difficult like this in 30 seconds.

Also algebraic approach works fine, but this is a bit faster
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Solution X is 20% chemical A and 80% chemical B by volume; Solution Y is 30% chemical A and 70% chemical B. If a mixture of X and Y is 22% chemical A, what percent of the mixture is Solution X?

A) 20%
B) 44%
C) 50%
D) 80%
E) 90%

Can someone please also direct me to a page in gmatclub that has similar mixture problems? Thanks!


22% of chemical A in X+Y grams of solution comes from 20% chemical A in solution X and 30% chemical A in solution Y, thus:

0.22(X + Y) = 0.2X + 0.3Y --> X = 4Y --> X/(X+Y)=4/5=0.8.

Answer: D.

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Solution X is 20% chemical A and 80% chemical B by volume; Solution Y is 30% chemical A and 70% chemical B. If a mixture of X and Y is 22% chemical A, what percent of the mixture is Solution X?

A) 20%
B) 44%
C) 50%
D) 80%
E) 90%

Can someone please also direct me to a page in gmatclub that has similar mixture problems? Thanks!


Focus on Chemical A:

X--------------------------------------Y
20%---------------------------------30%

--------------------22%-----------------

30 - 22= 8--------------------22-20 = 2

X:Y = 8:2 = 4:1.

Therefore, %age of X = 4/5 * 100 = 80%
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Hi All,

These types of mixture questions can typically be solved with a variety of approaches (the average formula, ratios, TESTing VALUES, TESTing THE ANSWERS, etc.). Here's the standard Weighted Average Formula approach:

Solution X = 20% chemical A
Solution Y = 30% chemical A

Mixture of the two solutions = 22% chemical A

X = number of ounces of Solution X
Y = number of ounces of Solution Y

(.2X + .3Y) / (X + Y) = .22

.2X + .3Y = .22X + .22Y
.08Y = .02X

We can multiply both sides by 100 to get rid of the decimals...

8Y = 2X

The question asks for the percentage of the new mixture that is Solution X....

8/2 = X/Y
4/1 = X/Y

80% X and 20% Y

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