neeraj609 wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
phoenix9801 wrote:
The Book does not show any answers. Hence I need to figure out if I have done them correctly or not. Please help me if you can. Would greatly appropriate it. Thanks
A plant has workers and supervisors in a ratio of 30 to 1. If the plant were to hire 50 more workers and 5 more supervisors, the ratio of workers to supervisors would be 25 to 1. What is the present number of supervisors?
A. 15
B. 12
C. 10
D. 8
E. 5
Given: \(\frac{workers}{supervisors}=\frac{30x}{x}\), for some positive multiple \(x\).
Also: \(\frac{30x+50}{x+5}=25\) --> \(x=15\) --> \(supervisors=x=15\).
Answer: A.
Hi Bunnel, I was able to do it with algebra. Is there any other way of estimating the answer as this looks fairly simple question so I am sure there has to be some technique to estimate the answer without doing the whole algebra!
Thanks in Advance!
You could simply plug in answer choice C (because 10 is a very easy number to multiply) and see if it works. In this case, if there were intially 10 Supervisors, there would have been 300 workers. Adding 50 workers, yields 350 and adding 5 Supervisors gives 15 total. 350:15 does not provide a 25:1 ratio - it is less. Thus, we would need more workers per Supervisor to make this work.
If there were initially 12 Supervisor's, you'd have 360 workers. Adding the new W's and S's gives us 410:17 ==> still less than 25:1
Using 15 Supervisors to start, would mean 450 workers. Adding the new W's and S's, gives us 500:20 and viola, we have our 25:1 ratio.
Many will argue that this is not simpler than working the algebra. But, conceptually, it might be easier to understand. Hope it helps.
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