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When the price of oranges is lowered by 40%, 4 more oranges can be purchased for $12 than can be purchased for the original price. How many oranges can be purchased for 24 dollars at the original price?

(A) 8
(B) 12
(C) 16
(D) 20
(E) 24
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When the price of oranges is lowered by 40%, 4 more oranges can be purchased for $12 than can be purchased for the original price. How many oranges can be purchased for 24 dollars at the original price?

(A) 8
(B) 12
(C) 16
(D) 20
(E) 24


Say \(x\) is the original price of an orange, then:

\(xn=12\);
and
\(0.6x*(n+4)=12\) --> \(x(n+4)=20\) --> \(xn+4x=20\) --> \(12+4x=20\) --> \(x=2\).

So, for 24 dollars 24/2=12 oranges can be purchased at the original price of $2.

Answer: B.
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farukqmul wrote:
When the price of oranges is lowered by 40%, 4 more oranges can be purchased for $12 than can be purchased for the original price. How many oranges can be purchased for 24 dollars at the original price?

(A) 8
(B) 12
(C) 16
(D) 20
(E) 24


Say \(x\) is the original price of an orange, then:

\(xn=12\);
and
\(0.6x*(n+4)=12\) --> \(x(n+4)=20\) --> \(xn+4x=20\) --> \(12+4x=20\) --> \(x=2\).

So, for 24 dollars 24/2=12 oranges can be purchased at the original price of $2.

Answer: B.

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Set up:

12/p = x
12/0.60 = x+4

Manipulate and plug the first equation into the second --> you'll find p = $2

Thus $24/$2 per orange = 12 oranges
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farukqmul wrote:
When the price of oranges is lowered by 40%, 4 more oranges can be purchased for $12 than can be purchased for the original price. How many oranges can be purchased for 24 dollars at the original price?

(A) 8
(B) 12
(C) 16
(D) 20
(E) 24


let r=number of oranges purchased originally
[12/(r+4)]/(12/r)=.6
r/(r+4)=.6
r=6 oranges
$12/6=$2 per orange
$24/$2=12 oranges
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