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# A certain quantity is measured on two different scales, the

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A certain quantity is measured on two different scales, the R-scale and the S-scale, that are related linearly. Measurements on the R-scale of 6 and 24 correspond to measurements on the S-scale of 30 and 60, respectively. What measurement on the R-scale corresponds to a measurement of 100 on the S-scale?

(A) 20
(B) 36
(C) 48
(D) 60
(E) 84
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Two measure standards R and S. 24 and 30 measured with R are 42 and 60 when they are measured with S, respectively. If 100 is acquired with S, what would its value be measured with R?

This not a good question. In order to calculate R for S=100 we must know how are the scales of R ans S related.

If they are related linearly, then we would have: $$42=24m+b$$ and $$60=30m+b$$. The question: if $$100=Rm+b$$, then $$R=?$$

Solving system of equations for $$m$$ and $$b$$ --> $$m=3$$ and $$b=-30$$ --> substituting these values in $$100=Rm+b$$ --> $$R=\frac{130}{3}$$.

But if they are not related linearly and for example are related like: $$S=\frac{m}{R}+b$$, then we would have $$42=\frac{m}{24}+b$$ and $$60=\frac{m}{30}+b$$. The question: if $$100=\frac{m}{R}+b$$, then $$R=?$$

Solving system of equations for $$m$$ and $$b$$ --> $$m=-2160$$ and $$b=132$$ --> substituting these values in $$100=\frac{m}{R}+b$$ --> $$R=\frac{135}{2}$$.

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Two measure standards R and S. 24 and 30 measured with R are 42 and 60 when they are measured with S, respectively. If 100 is acquired with S, what would its value be measured with R?

Please don't paraphrase questions - by not using the actual wording of the question, a LOT gets lost in translation. As written, the question is completely unanswerable.

Also, please provide answer choices, so we can discuss not only pure algebra, but the key alternative strategies that will get you a great score on test day.

Using my magical powers, I'll post the actual question:

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A certain quantity is measured on two different scales, the R-scale and the S-scale, that are related linearly. Measurements on the R-scale of 6 and 24 correspond to measurements on the S-scale of 30 and 60, respectively. What measurement on the R-scale corresponds to a measurement of 100 on the S-scale?
(A) 20
(B) 36
(C) 48
(D) 60
(E) 84

First, we have to understand what "linearly" means. It's not a straight ratio (since 6:30 does NOT equal 24:60). We need to look at the increases in each measurement to see what the scalar actually is.

From 6 to 24 we have an increase of 18. From 30 to 60 we have an increase of 30. Therefore, the increase ratio is 18:30 or 3:5. In other words, for every 3 that R increases, S increases by 5.

We know that S is 100. To get from 60 to 100, we went up by 40, or 8 "jumps" of 5; therefore, R will go up by 8 "jumps" of 3.

24 + 8(3) = 24 + 24 = 48: choose (c).

Note that (a) makes no sense, since if S=60 corresponds to R=24, how could S=100 correspond to a lower value for R?

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Thanks a lot to both of you.
This question really made me MAD...thanx for correcting the question & providing the solution.
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nice explanation skovinsky and buneul

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Hi,

Is there a systematic approach to solve this problem ?

Two measure standards R and S. 24 and 30 measured with R are 42 and 60 when they are measured with S, respectively. If 100 is acquired with S, what would its value be measured with R?

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29 Jul 2010, 02:14
Clearly no.
The data can be translated as you have only two points of the function R=R(S).
The only case that you can determine the value of R corresponding to S=100 is that R varies linearly with S.
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Two measure standards R and S. 24 and 30 measured with R are 42 and 60 when they are measured with S, respectively. If 100 is acquired with S, what would its value be measured with R?

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are questions of this sort actually asked on GMAT? I doubt it highly
Correct answer is option C spend a good 4 minutes to deduce the logic won't be able to explain it apologies

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Linear equations so:
30= 6x+b (x variable, b contant)
60= 24x+b

solving these two-- b= 20, x= 5/3
100= 5/3 (x)+ 20
80= 5/3 (x)
x= 48

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A certain quantity is measured on two different scales, the R-scale and the S-scale, that are related linearly. Measurements on the R-scale of 6 and 24 correspond to measurements on the S-scale of 30 and 60, respectively. What measurement on the R-scale corresponds to a measurement of 100 on the S-scale?

(A) 20
(B) 36
(C) 48
(D) 60
(E) 84

Think of the graphical approach here.

Related linearly means that their relation represents a line. e.g. x and y co-ordinates are related linearly on a line segment. We know how to deal with lines.

So think of it as two points (6, 30) and (24, 60) lying on a line. So what will be (r, 100) on the same line?
We see that an increase of 18 in x co-ordinate causes an increase of 30 in y co-ordinate. So y increases by 30/18 = 5/3 for every 1 point increase in x co-ordinate.
From 60 to 100, the increase in y co-ordinate is 40. So x co-ordinate will increase from 24 to 24 + 40*(3/5) = 48.

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A certain quantity is measured on two different scales, the R-scale and the S-scale, that are related linearly. Measurements on the R-scale of 6 and 24 correspond to measurements on the S-scale of 30 and 60, respectively. What measurement on the R-scale corresponds to a measurement of 100 on the S-scale?

(A) 20
(B) 36
(C) 48
(D) 60
(E) 84

R scale and S are linearly related i.e, y = mx + c, and y is the S scale and x is the R scale.
Given,
30 = m*6 + C
60 = m*24 + C
Solving these 2 equation for m and C gives, m =$$\frac{5}{3}$$ and C = 20

so solve for S scales of 100

100 = $$\frac{5}{3}$$ * x + 20
x = 48

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