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A garage has a stock of side mirrors. The ratio of right side mirrors

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A garage has a stock of side mirrors. The ratio of right side mirrors to left side mirrors is 5:3. Iris, a garage worker, attaches pairs of left and right mirrors with an adhesive tape until no more pairs can be made. If 30 right mirrors are left unpaired, how many left and right mirrors are there in the stock?

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D. 75
E. 48
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A garage has a stock of side mirrors. The ratio of right side mirrors to left side mirrors is 5:3. Iris, a garage worker, attaches pairs of left and right mirrors with an adhesive tape until no more pairs can be made. If 30 right mirrors are left unpaired, how many left and right mirrors are there in the stock?

A. 240
B. 120
C. 80
D. 75
E. 48


\(\frac{right}{left}=\frac{5x}{3x}\).

30 right mirrors are left unpaired means that there are 30 more right mirrors than left mirrors: \(right - left = 5x - 3x = 30\) --> \(x = 15\).

\(Total = 5x + 3x = 8x=8*15=120\).

Answer: B.
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A garage has a stock of side mirrors. The ratio of right side mirrors to left side mirrors is 5:3. Iris, a garage worker, attaches pairs of left and right mirrors with an adhesive tape until no more pairs can be made. If 30 right mirrors are left unpaired, how many left and right mirrors are there in the stock?

A. 240
B. 120
C. 80
D. 75
E. 48

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Tridhipal wrote:
A garage has a stock of side mirrors. The ratio of right side mirrors to left side mirrors is 5:3. Iris, a garage worker, attaches pairs of left and right mirrors with an adhesive tape until no more pairs can be made. If 30 right mirrors are left unpaired, how many left and right mirrors are there in the stock?

A. 240
B. 120
C. 80
D. 75
E. 48


You can also think in terms of ratios. The difference between the number of left mirrors and right mirrors is 2 on the ratio scale but actually it is 30. Hence the multiplier is 30/2 = 15
So total number of mirrors = (5 + 3) * 15 = 120

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The nos are 5x, 3x
unpaired = 2x =30, hence x = 15
hence total = 8x = 120
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