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X grams of water were added to 80 grams of a strong solution [#permalink]
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Xgrams of water were added to 80 grams of a strong solution of acid. If as a result, the concentration of acid in the solution became 1/y times of the initial concentration, what was the concentration of acid in the original solution?

When working with solutions, we need some way to figure out the amount of acid in the water in the original statement. if we know the total is 80 grams of solution, the possible % of acid of that solution is infinite. If you know that you add 80g water to 80g solution, this doesn't provide all the variables we need to know in order to determine the concentration of the original. We would need to know what % concentration the solution became after the 80g water is added. We have 3 variables, the 80g water added, the concentration of the original solution, and the % mixture [in the form of a fraction] after the water is added to the original solution. Knowing any 2 of the 3 can answer the question for you. Since after statement 1, we still only know 1 of the 3 variables, we do not have enough information, therefore INSUFFICIENT.

Statement 2)

The reason this is INSUFFICIENT is the same as why Statement 1 is insufficient. We need to know 2 of the 3 variables and only know 1 [Remember that we do not know how much water is added. We CANNOT keep information from Statement 1 when considering Statement 2].

Together.

INSUFFICIENT. If we have 80g to start and we add 80 g of water, then no matter what the original concentration is, we're going to be cutting the concentration in half.

Original Solution 40g acid, 40g water = 40g acid / 80 total = 50% original concentration. If we add 80g water to this, we have 40g acid / 160g total = 25%, which is 1/2 the original concentration.

If you have:

Original Solution 60g acid, 20g water = 60/80 = 75% solution. If we add 80g water, then we get 60g acid / 160g total = 37.5%, which is 1/2 of 75%, the original concentration.

When the end % concentration is relative to the original concentration, it does not give us enough information because there are too many variables that are not nailed down, and any combination of acid-water mix, when we double the volume by adding water, this will ALWAYS cut the original concentration in half.

rampuria wrote:

Xgrams of water were added to 80 grams of a strong solution of acid. If as a result, the concentration of acid in the solution became 1/y times of the initial concentration, what was the concentration of acid in the original solution?

1. x=80 2. y=2

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------------------------------------ J Allen Morris **I'm pretty sure I'm right, but then again, I'm just a guy with his head up his a$$.

Statement 1. 80 gms of water added to 80 gms of acid solution. Here we do not know the concentration of acid in the NEW solution , so we cannot find y and so cannot reach to the original concentration. So insufficient

Statement 2. X gms of water added to 80 gms of acid solution makes it ½ the concentration of the original solution. Since we do not know the weight of the new solution / acid concentration. So insufficient

Taking Statement 1 and 2 together

80 gms of water added to 80 gms of acid solution is making it ½ the concentration of the original solution. However no information has been provided regarding the acid concentration of the resulting mixture.

IMO E.

I hope the question has been copied correctly. These type of questions usually end up in C.

Xgrams of water were added to 80 grams of a strong solution of acid. If as a result, the concentration of acid in the solution became 1/y times of the initial concentration, what was the concentration of acid in the original solution?

1. x=80 2. y=2

C because the concentration of water is always 1g/ml

so

let a = liters of water let b= liters of acid soln

Where in the world did this come from? What if I have a solution of acid mixture that is 1g water and 9g acid? How does that fit in with "the concentration of water is always 1g/ml"?

bigtreezl wrote:

C because the concentration of water is always 1g/ml

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------------------------------------ J Allen Morris **I'm pretty sure I'm right, but then again, I'm just a guy with his head up his a$$.

Where in the world did this come from? What if I have a solution of acid mixture that is 1g water and 9g acid? How does that fit in with "the concentration of water is always 1g/ml"?

bigtreezl wrote:

C because the concentration of water is always 1g/ml

then your concentration is 9g/ml of acid...its no longer water

Convert it to equations and throw out all meaning, work purely with the equations. The harder questions will rarely make any 'logical' sense, but Mathematics is always logical

It's pretty easy to realize that no single statement will be sufficient.

When we look at them together, we have 80g water added to 80 grams solution. We're doubling the volume and keeping the volume of acid the same. This will always cut the strength the original solution in half, regardless of what it used to be.

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------------------------------------ J Allen Morris **I'm pretty sure I'm right, but then again, I'm just a guy with his head up his a$$.

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Re: X grams of water were added to 80 grams of a strong solution [#permalink]
10 Mar 2014, 23:00

rampuria wrote:

Xgrams of water were added to 80 grams of a strong solution of acid. If as a result, the concentration of acid in the solution became 1/y times of the initial concentration, what was the concentration of acid in the original solution?

1. x=80 2. y=2

Answer is E.

given that original solution is 80 gm. we add x gram of water ie new sol is 80+x gm Let 'a' be the acid amount in the sol before addition of water conc was a/80 after addition, conc becomes a/(80+x). relation given is: a/80=(1/y)*(a/(80+x)) on solving, y=(80+x)/80 or y=1+(x/80)

Now both the options given gives you the value of x or y, which in no way relate to acid or water quntity before addition. Hence answer is E

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