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# 90 students represent x percent of the boys at Jones

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90 students represent x percent of the boys at Jones Elementary School. If the boys at Jones Elementary make up 40% of the total school population of x students, what is x?

A. 125
B. 150
C. 225
D. 250
E. 500

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90 students represent x percent of the boys at Jones Elementary School. If the boys at Jones Elementary make up 40% of the total school population of x students, what is x?
125
150
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150

Total boys at Jones School = J
Equation 1: (x/100) * J = 90 => J = 9000/x
Total school population = x
Equation 2: (J/x)*100 = 40

Using equation 1 and 2, plug in
(9000/x/x)*100 = 40
=> x^2 = (9000*100)/40 = 25*9*100
x = 5*3*10 = 150
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26 Aug 2007, 10:38
90 = (x/100)*(# boys)

# boys = .4x

substitute and solve:
90 = (x/100)*(.4x)
9000 = .4(x^2)
25000 = x^2
x=150

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26 Aug 2007, 11:36
same here - the answer is (B) - the double use of x both for percentage and for the total number of students can be deceiving.

90 = x/100*0.4x

9,000 = x^2*0.4

22,500 = x^2

x = 150

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90 students represent x percent of the boys at Jones Elementary School. If the boys at Jones Elementary make up 40% of the total school population of x students, what is x?

A. 125
B. 150
C. 225
D. 250
E. 500

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90 students represent x percent of the boys at Jones Elementary School: $$90=\frac{x}{100}*boys$$ --> $$boys=\frac{9000}{x}$$;

The boys at Jones Elementary make up 40% of the total school population of x students: $$boys=0.4x$$ --> $$\frac{9000}{x}=0.4x$$ --> $$x=150$$.

To elaborate: there are total of 150 students at the school and 0.4*150=60 of them are boys. 150% of 60 boys is 90.

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