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A diet contains 300 grams of a mixture of two foods, food X and food Y. Food X contains 10 percent protein and food Y contains 15 percent protein. If a diet provides exactly 38 grams of protein daily, how many grams of food X are in the mixture? (A) 150 (B) 145 (C) 100 (D) 160 (E) 140
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Originally posted by ju_1 on 20 May 2003, 11:49.
Last edited by Bunuel on 30 Jul 2012, 08:11, edited 1 time in total.
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30 Jul 2012, 08:13
harshavmrg wrote: ju_1 wrote: A diet contains 300 grams of a mixture of two foods, food X and food Y. Food X contains 10 percent protein and food Y contains 15 percent protein. If a diet provides exactly 38 grams of protein daily, how many grams of food X are in the mixture? (A) 150 (B)145 (C) 100 (D) 160 (E) 140 x(10%) y(15%) 38% 23% 28% the protein parts in the final mixture for X:Y::23:28 hence 23 X  =  (23+28) 300 23/51 = x/300 x = 23 * 300  51 hence x is approximately equal to 139.8hence the answer is E Keep it simple: \(0.1x+0.15(300x)=38\) > \(x=140\) (exactly). Answer: E.
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1.... 10/100*X + 15/100*Y = 38 (protein)
2.... X + Y = 300 (Total Mix)
Solve for X = 140



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ju_1 wrote: A diet contains 300 grams of a mixture of two foods, food X and food Y. Food X contains 10 percent protein and food Y contains 15 percent protein. If a diet provides exactly 38 grams of protein daily, how many grams of food X are in the mixture? (A) 150 (B)145 (C) 100 (D) 160 (E) 140 x(10%) y(15%) 38% 23% 28% the protein parts in the final mixture for X:Y::23:28 hence 23 X  =  (23+28) 300 23/51 = x/300 x = 23 * 300  51 hence x is approximately equal to 139.8 hence the answer is E
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X contains 30 gms of protein (10% of 300 gms) Y contains 45 gms of protein (15% of 300 gms) Resultant mixture contains 38 gms of protien.
using scale method :
____8___________7___ 30 38 45 w1 w2
therefore, w1/w2 = 7/8
7x+8x=300 gms => x=20
so, w1 = 7x=7(20) = 140 gms



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X+Y = 300
0.1X + 0.15Y = 38
X=140



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start with some numbers. if x = 100, then y=200 protien from x = 10 and from y = 30 . total protein = 40. greater.. hmm. it means y is somewhat more than it should be. this implies x > 100. x= 150 , then y=150 protein from x = 15 and from y = 22.5 total = 37.5..lesser so answer is between 100 and 150 . if we see there are two choices 140 and 145. which one it should be? well after increasing x by 50 we notice that we reduced total protein from 40 to 37.5 means 2.5. We just need to reduce the protein by 2.
Let us try 140 with this, protein from x = 14 , protein from y = 16+8 = 24. total = 38. this works!



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.10x+.15(300x)=38 x=140 grams



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Take equal proportion to have an idea of ratio,150 each. X will give 15g, Y will give 22.5g which is closer to 38 (37.5) A little thought on the options D& E will give us E as the answer Sent from my iPhone using GMAT Club Forum mobile app



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I am a little confused about the wording here. The question says " a diet provides exactly 38 grams of protein daily..." is it referring to the same diet or some other diet which could be more or less than 300 grams? I feel if it is referring to the same diet then it should mention "THE diet provides...", don't you think? ju_1 wrote: A diet contains 300 grams of a mixture of two foods, food X and food Y. Food X contains 10 percent protein and food Y contains 15 percent protein. If a diet provides exactly 38 grams of protein daily, how many grams of food X are in the mixture?
(A) 150 (B) 145 (C) 100 (D) 160 (E) 140



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10/100 (x) + 15/100 (300x) = 38
10/100 (x) + 45  15/100 (x) = 38
5/100 (x) = 7 > x= 140



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Bunuel wrote: harshavmrg wrote: ju_1 wrote: A diet contains 300 grams of a mixture of two foods, food X and food Y. Food X contains 10 percent protein and food Y contains 15 percent protein. If a diet provides exactly 38 grams of protein daily, how many grams of food X are in the mixture? (A) 150 (B)145 (C) 100 (D) 160 (E) 140 x(10%) y(15%) 38% 23% 28% the protein parts in the final mixture for X:Y::23:28 hence 23 X  =  (23+28) 300 23/51 = x/300 x = 23 * 300  51 hence x is approximately equal to 139.8hence the answer is E Keep it simple: \(0.1x+0.15(300x)=38\) > \(x=140\) (exactly). Answer: E. hi Bunuel really very simple, man



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Let x, y be the weight of food X, food Y in the mixture, respectively. We have: x+y = 300 and 0,1x + 015y = 38 => x = 140. Hence, the answer is E.



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ju_1 wrote: A diet contains 300 grams of a mixture of two foods, food X and food Y. Food X contains 10 percent protein and food Y contains 15 percent protein. If a diet provides exactly 38 grams of protein daily, how many grams of food X are in the mixture?
(A) 150 (B) 145 (C) 100 (D) 160 (E) 140 We can let x = the amount of X and y = the amount of Y. Let’s create two equations: x + y = 300 y = 300  x And 0.1x + 0.15y = 38 0.1x + 0.15(300  x) = 38 0.1x + 45  0.15x = 38 7 = 0.05x 140 = x Answer: E
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Alligation:
X Y 10% of 300 =30(value in gms) 15% of 300=45 (value in gms) Aavg= 38 gms
X or A1 or W1= 7 : Y or A2 or W2= 8
X/Y= 7/8 Hence X = 7/15 of total
To get the amount in gms 7/15 of 300= 140. Hence E is the answer



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bhavinshah5685 wrote: X contains 30 gms of protein (10% of 300 gms) Y contains 45 gms of protein (15% of 300 gms) Resultant mixture contains 38 gms of protien.
using scale method :
____8___________7___ 30 38 45 w1 w2
therefore, w1/w2 = 7/8
7x+8x=300 gms => x=20
so, w1 = 7x=7(20) = 140 gms Please help VeritasKarishmais the method correct? because X contains 10% protein , 10 % of what ? isn't it 10% of X's contribution? but it is taken 10% of total volume 300 grams
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ju_1 wrote: A diet contains 300 grams of a mixture of two foods, food X and food Y. Food X contains 10 percent protein and food Y contains 15 percent protein. If a diet provides exactly 38 grams of protein daily, how many grams of food X are in the mixture?
(A) 150 (B) 145 (C) 100 (D) 160 (E) 140 Food X has 10% protein Food Y has 15% protein The mix has (38/300)*100 = (38/3)% protein (so this is the average protein) wX/wY = (15  38/3) / (38/3  10) = 7/8 So food X and food Y are mixed in the ratio 7:8 in the 300 gms of mix. Food X must be 140 gms and food Y must be 160 gms. Answer (E)
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ju_1 wrote: A diet contains 300 grams of a mixture of two foods, food X and food Y. Food X contains 10 percent protein and food Y contains 15 percent protein. If a diet provides exactly 38 grams of protein daily, how many grams of food X are in the mixture?
(A) 150 (B) 145 (C) 100 (D) 160 (E) 140 For mixture problems we need to check the average in the resultant mixture, in this case we need to check average protein in the resultant mixture and that is 38/3 (38/300*100%). Now we need to compare it with x: 38/310=8/3 and with Y: 1538/3=7/3 x:Y= 7/3:8/3 or 7:8 Proportion of x in the final mixture is therefore =7/15*300 or 140 (Option E) Please hit +1Kudos




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