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# A certain shade of gray paint is obtained by mixing 3 parts

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A certain shade of gray paint is obtained by mixing 3 parts of white paint with 5 parts of black paint. If 2 gallons of the mixture is needed and the individual colors can be purchased only in one-gallon or half-gallon cans, what is the least amount of paint, in gallons, that must be purchased in order to measure out the portions needed for the mixture?

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

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26 Mar 2005, 02:31
B !

3:5 => 3+5=8 => divide 2 by 8 => its easier to think when we multiply the 2 by 10 => how many times fits 8 in 20. it is 2 and 1/2 times => because of the fact that we can also buy half gallons, it is already the answer.
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26 Mar 2005, 05:27
christoph wrote:
B !

3:5 => 3+5=8 => divide 2 by 8 => its easier to think when we multiply the 2 by 10 => how many times fits 8 in 20. it is 2 and 1/2 times => because of the fact that we can also buy half gallons, it is already the answer.

christoph, Can you be more brief, why do you say "divide 2 by 8" - Why 2?
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26 Mar 2005, 19:15
A certain shade of gray paint is obtained by mixing 3 parts of white paint with 5 parts of black paint. If 2 gallons of the mixture is needed and the individual colors can be purchased only in one-gallon or half-gallon cans, what is the least amount of paint, in gallons, that must be purchased in order to measure out the portions needed for the mixture?

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

Hi Rthothad, here a good explanations as to how the answer is 2.5

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ned+mixing
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26 Mar 2005, 22:29
For every gallon you need 3/8 W and 5/8 B. For 2 gallons you need 3/4 W and 5/4 B.
Since the W and B are in gallon and half gallon tins, you need to purchase 1 gallon W and one and a half gallon of B. Total would be two and a half gallon.
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27 Mar 2005, 07:54
christoph wrote:
B !

3:5 => 3+5=8 => divide 2 by 8 => its easier to think when we multiply the 2 by 10 => how many times fits 8 in 20. it is 2 and 1/2 times => because of the fact that we can also buy half gallons, it is already the answer.

christoph, Can you be more brief, why do you say "divide 2 by 8" - Why 2?

...because 2 gallons are needed ! we combine 3 and 5 to 8 and look for the least common multiple => that is 24 => so normally it would be 3 gallons but we can also use half gallons so it is 2 * 0,8 + 1/2 * 0,8 = 2 => 2 + 1/2 => 2,5
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27 Mar 2005, 11:49
Folaa3, HongHu & Christoph - Thanks for your time guys. I got it.
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