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# A mixed-nut mixture contains only peanuts and cashews

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A mixed-nut mixture contains only peanuts and cashews. By weight, the mixture is 15 percent cashews. By weight, cashews cost 10 times as much as peanuts. Approximately what percent of the total cost of the mixture is contributed by the cost of the peanuts?

A 2%
B 5%
C 10%
D 35%
E 85%
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09 Aug 2019, 11:02
peanut : cashew = 17:3 by weight
peanut : cashew = 1:10 by cost

let the cost of peanuts = 17x*y
let the cost of cashew = 3x*10y

cost of peanut / total cost = $$\frac{17x*y}{17x*y+3x*10y} = \frac{17}{47} \approx{\frac{16}{48}} \approx{\frac{1}{3}}$$,
nearest to 35% D
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09 Aug 2019, 11:06
Imagine the weight of mixture 100 units, so 15 units of that is cashews and 85 units are peanuts.
And let the price of each unit of cashew 10.so 10×15=150

So the price of 85 units of peanuts is 85.

85+150=235
85/235=~ 35%
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