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A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg [#permalink]

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A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg of its weight in the water. 10 kg of tin loses 1.375 kg in the water; 5 kg of silver loses 0.375 kg. What is the ratio of tin to silver in the bar?

A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg of its weight in the water. 10 kg of tin loses 1.375 kg in the water; 5 kg of silver loses 0.375 kg. What is the ratio of tin to silver in the bar?

1/4 2/5 1/2 3/5 2/3

10 kg tin loses 1.375 kg=> 20 kg loses 2.75 kg 5 kg sliver loses 0.375 kg=> 20 kg loses 1.5 kg Actual loss is 2 kg. Apply the alligation rule=>

2.75 1.5 \ / 2 / \ 0.5 0.75

ratio of tin/silver => 0.5/0.75 => 1/2/3/4 => 3/8 ???

Solution is 2/3. How i did it : Let x be ratio we want. If r(s) is rate of loss for silver and r(t) that of tin, T total weigh of tin and S total weigh of silver We have 20=T+S (equation $) and 2=r(t)*T+r(s)*S We also know r(s)=0.375/5 and r(t)=1.375/10 So 2 = r(t)*T+r(s)*S => 20= 1.375*T+0.750*S (equation £) and we know (equation $) => 1+x = 20/S So (equation $) => x=1.375*x+0.750-1 => 0.375*x = 0.25 => x= 2/3

A little long but that's how i solved it! I'm sure there is a more simple way to do.

A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg of its weight in the water. 10 kg of tin loses 1.375 kg in the water; 5 kg of silver loses 0.375 kg. What is the ratio of tin to silver in the bar?

1/4 2/5 1/2 3/5 2/3

10 kg tin loses 1.375 kg=> 20 kg loses 2.75 kg 5 kg sliver loses 0.375 kg=> 20 kg loses 1.5 kg Actual loss is 2 kg. Apply the alligation rule=>

2.75 1.5 \ / 2 / \ 0.5 0.75

ratio of tin/silver => 0.5/0.75 => 1/2/3/4 => 3/8 ???

your rule is correct , calculation is wrong . I m interested in knowing this rule , can you elaborate , when can we apply this rule?

A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg of its weight in the water. 10 kg of tin loses 1.375 kg in the water; 5 kg of silver loses 0.375 kg. What is the ratio of tin to silver in the bar?

1/4 2/5 1/2 3/5 2/3

10 kg tin loses 1.375 kg=> 20 kg loses 2.75 kg 5 kg sliver loses 0.375 kg=> 20 kg loses 1.5 kg Actual loss is 2 kg. Apply the alligation rule=>

2.75 1.5 \ / 2 / \ 0.5 0.75

ratio of tin/silver => 0.5/0.75 => 1/2/3/4 => 3/8 ???

your rule is correct , calculation is wrong . I m interested in knowing this rule , can you elaborate , when can we apply this rule?

Oh Crap !! obviously.. (1/2)/(3/4) = 4/6 = 2/3.

What the hell will i do on the GMAT!!

Neways, the rule I used is called "alligations". It is useful for quickly calculating ratios of individual components in MIXTURES. Please bear with me... I will post a more detailed expl asap.

This alligations rule may help me with word translations problems for ratios and mixtures. Do you happen to have a detailed description or a link that describes it properly ?

I have been looking for a good explanation. Unfortunately, I have found none. There is a brief mention of the method on wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alligation

Pls let me know if this explanation is satisfactory. In the menawhile I will look for a better link.

I have been looking for a good explanation. Unfortunately, I have found none. There is a brief mention of the method on wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alligation

Pls let me know if this explanation is satisfactory. In the menawhile I will look for a better link.

Thanks.

Many thanks anirudhoswal. The link is good, but it is somewhat difficult for me to understand. Do you have the reference that is the same way as you apply to in previous post? Thanks!

Re: A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg [#permalink]

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A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg of its weight in the water. 10 kg of tin loses 1.375 kg in the water; 5 kg of silver loses 0.375 kg. What is the ratio of tin to silver in the bar?

1/4 2/5 1/2 3/5 2/3

interesting question.

This is my solution for the problem:

10 kg tin loses 1.375 kg => lost 13.75% its weight 5 kg Silver loses 0.375 kg => lost 7.5% of its weight

Initially, 20 kg of alloy loses 2kg => 10% of its weight

Call X is the weight of Tin the alloy Y is the weight of Silver in the alloy

A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg of its weight in the water. 10 kg of tin loses 1.375 kg in the water; 5 kg of silver loses 0.375 kg. What is the ratio of tin to silver in the bar?

1/4 2/5 1/2 3/5 2/3

interesting question.

This is my solution for the problem:

10 kg tin loses 1.375 kg => lost 13.75% its weight 5 kg Silver loses 0.375 kg => lost 7.5% of its weight

Initially, 20 kg of alloy loses 2kg => 10% of its weight

Call X is the weight of Tin the alloy Y is the weight of Silver in the alloy

We have

=> X/Y = 2.5%/ 3.75% = 2/3

Very nice question!

Rather than using the alligation diagram, you can simply use this formula to avoid confusion:

w1/w2 = (A2 - Aavg)/(Avg - A1)

Weight of Tin/Weight of Silver = (Silver's loss - Avg loss)/(Avg loss - Tin's loss)

Re: A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg [#permalink]

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sondenso wrote:

A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg of its weight in the water. 10 kg of tin loses 1.375 kg in the water; 5 kg of silver loses 0.375 kg. What is the ratio of tin to silver in the bar?

A. 1/4 B. 2/5 C. 1/2 D. 3/5 E. 2/3

10 kg tin loses 1.375 kg=> 20 kg loses 2.75 kg 5 kg sliver loses 0.375 kg=> 20 kg loses 1.5 kg Actual loss is 2 kg. Apply the alligation rule=>

2.75 1.5 \ / 2 / \ 0.5 0.75 ! ! 1/2 3/4

Ratio of tin/silver = (1/2) / (3/4) = 2/3
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Re: A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg [#permalink]

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sondenso wrote:

A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg of its weight in the water. 10 kg of tin loses 1.375 kg in the water; 5 kg of silver loses 0.375 kg. What is the ratio of tin to silver in the bar?

A. 1/4 B. 2/5 C. 1/2 D. 3/5 E. 2/3

10 kg tin loses 1.375 kg=> 20 kg loses 2.75 kg 5 kg sliver loses 0.375 kg=> 20 kg loses 1.5 kg Actual loss is 2 kg. Apply the alligation rule=>

2.75 1.5 \ / 2 / \ 0.5 0.75 ! ! 1/2 3/4

Ratio of tin/silver = (1/2) / (3/4) = 2/3

Concept of differentials may also be aplied here

Total loss 2

Loss 20kg of tin is 2.75 Loss 20kg of silver is 1.5

Re: A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg [#permalink]

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Well, I found a tricky way for this one.

You have 20kg as a total.

A. 1/4 ==> Total 1+4=5 So can divide 20 B. 2/5 ==> Total 2+5=7 So cannot divide 20 C. 1/2 ==> Total 1+2=3 So cannot divide 20 D. 3/5 ==> Total 3+5=8 So cannot divide 20 E. 2/3 ==> Total \(1+4=5\) So can divide 20

Therefore you have A and E.

A cannot be the answer since the ratio is to big.

But let's look at E:

\(2/3\) of 20 is 8 and 12.

For the tin the water lose is: one kilo= \(1.375/10=0.1375\) and for the silverthe water lose is: one kilo=\(0.375/5=0.075\)

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A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg of its weight in the water. 10 kg of tin loses 1.375 kg in the water; 5 kg of silver loses 0.375 kg. What is the ratio of tin to silver in the bar?

1/4 2/5 1/2 3/5 2/3

interesting question.

This is my solution for the problem:

10 kg tin loses 1.375 kg => lost 13.75% its weight 5 kg Silver loses 0.375 kg => lost 7.5% of its weight

Initially, 20 kg of alloy loses 2kg => 10% of its weight

Call X is the weight of Tin the alloy Y is the weight of Silver in the alloy

We have

=> X/Y = 2.5%/ 3.75% = 2/3

Very nice question!

Rather than using the alligation diagram, you can simply use this formula to avoid confusion:

w1/w2 = (A2 - Aavg)/(Avg - A1)

Weight of Tin/Weight of Silver = (Silver's loss - Avg loss)/(Avg loss - Tin's loss)

A 20 kg metal bar made of tin and silver lost 2 kg of its weight in the water. If 10 kg of tin loses 1.375 kg in the water and 5 kg of silver loses 0.375 kg, what is the ratio of tin to silver in the bar?

A) 1/4 B) 2/5 C) 1/2 D) 3/5 E) 2/3

The bar lost certain percentage of its weight. We don't know how much tin was lost and how much silver was lost but in all 2 kg was lost with is 10% of its overall weight.

Tin loses 1.375 kg in 10 kg so 13.75% of its weight when it is put in water.

Silver loses .375 kg in 5 kg so .375/5 * 100 = 7.5% of its weight in water.

Re: A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg [#permalink]

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07 Jun 2016, 03:13

Say in 20kg, let 'x'kg be tin and 'y'kg be silver. Now, find the losses of tin and silver for 20kg. So, tin looses 2.75 and silver looses 1.5 resp for 20 kgs.

So, 2.75x + 1.5y = 2(x+y). Solving, we get x/y=2/3.

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sondenso wrote:

A 20 kg metal bar made of alloy of tin and silver lost 2 kg of its weight in the water. 10 kg of tin loses 1.375 kg in the water; 5 kg of silver loses 0.375 kg. What is the ratio of tin to silver in the bar?

A. 1/4 B. 2/5 C. 1/2 D. 3/5 E. 2/3

Solution:

let Tin is x kg and Silver is y kg in 20 kg metal bar----->\(x+y=20\)

for 10 kg of Tin it loses 1.375 kg , then for x kg it loses \(x/10*(1.375) kg\)

for 5 kg of Silver it loses 0.375 kg , then for y kg it loses \(y/5*(0.375) kg\)

now both of these weights should be equal to 2 kg-->> \(x/10*(1.375)+y/5*(0.375)=2\)

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