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A can contains a mixture of liquids A and B is the ratio 7:5. When 9 l

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A can contains a mixture of liquids A and B is the ratio 7:5. When 9 litres of mixture are drawn off and the can is filled with B, the ratio of A and B becomes 7:9. How many liter of liquid A was contained by the can initially?

A. 10
B. 20
C. 21
D. 25
E. 27
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A can contains a mixture of liquids A and B is the ratio 7:5. When 9 litres of mixture are drawn off and the can is filled with B, the ratio of A and B becomes 7:9. How many liter of liquid A was contained by the can initially?

A. 10
B. 20
C. 21
D. 25
E. 27


Using the values here might be the most straightforward way for this question.

As A:B::7:5 ---> only option C is a multiple of 7 and hence it is a good place to start. Also A:B::7:5 means that , A = (712)*Total and B = (5/12)*Total

If A = 21 , B = 15 ---> remove 9 litres ---> you remove (7/12)*9 of A ---> A remaining = 21-(7/12)*9 = 63/4

Similarly, for B, you remove (5/12)*9 ---> B remaining = 15 - (5/12)*9 = 45/4 and then add 9 more litres of B ---> 9+45/4 = 81/4

Thus A/B (final ratio) = (45/4)/(81/4) = 7:9 , the same as the final ratio mentioned in the question.

Hence C is the correct answer.

FYI, the algebraic equations will become:

A/B = 7/9 = (7x-(7/12)*9)/ (5x-(5/12)*9+9), where 7x and 5x are initial quantities of A and B respectively.

Thus, 7/9 = (7x-(7/12)*9)/ (5x-(5/12)*9+9) ---> giving you x=3. Thus A (original) = 7*3 = 21.

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A can contains a mixture of liquids A and B is the ratio 7:5. When 9 litres of mixture are drawn off and the can is filled with B, the ratio of A and B becomes 7:9. How many liter of liquid A was contained by the can initially?

A. 10
B. 20
C. 21
D. 25
E. 27


First of all, the wording of the question is a bit unclear. It needs to specify that 9 litres were removed and 9 litres was added back. "can is filled" is not sufficient because we do not know whether the can was full initially.

Say initial volume of mix is V1. After you remove 9 litres, the concentration of liquid A remains 7/12 and volume of the mix is (V1 - 9).
After you add back liquid B, the concentration of A becomes 7/16 and volume comes back to V1.

Ci*Vi = Cf*Vf

(7/12)*(V1 - 9) = (7/16)*V1

(V1 - 9)/V1 = 3/4

9 accounts for the difference of 1 on ratio scale so Initial volume = V1 = 4*9 = 36 litres.

7/12 of the initial mixture was liquid A so liquid A was (7/12)*36 = 21 litres.

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let x=total liters in can
5x/12-(9)(5/12)+9=9x/16
x=36
(7/12)(36)=21 liters of A in can initially
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