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A rectangular wall is covered entirely with two kinds of decorative tiles: regular and jumbo. 1/3 of the tiles are jumbo tiles, which have a length three times that of regular tiles and have the same ratio of length to width as the regular tiles. If regular tiles cover 80 square feet of the wall, and no tiles overlap, what is the area of the entire wall? A. 160 B. 240 C. 360 D. 440 E. 560
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Bunuel wrote: A rectangular wall is covered entirely with two kinds of decorative tiles: regular and jumbo. 1/3 of the tiles are jumbo tiles, which have a length three times that of regular tiles and have the same ratio of length to width as the regular tiles. If regular tiles cover 80 square feet of the wall, and no tiles overlap, what is the area of the entire wall?
A. 160 B. 240 C. 360 D. 440 E. 560 The number of jumbo tiles = x. The number of regular tiles = 2x. Assume the ratio of the dimensions of a regular tile is a:a > area = a^2. The dimensions of a jumbo tile is 3a:3a > area = 9a^2. The area of regular tiles = 2x*a^2 = 80. The area of jumbo tiles = x*9a^2 = 4.5(2x*a^2 ) = 4.5*80 = 360. Total area = 80 + 360 = 440. Answer: D.
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Let small tile dimension = 1 x 1 = 1 Square feet.......... (1) So big tile dimension would be = 3 x 3 = 9 Square feet 80 small tiles are required to cover 80sq feet area 2/3rd of the tiles are small, so 2/3 are 80, then remaining 1/3 would be 40 So 40 big tiles are used = 40 * 9 = 360 Sq feets Total Area = 360+80 = 440 = Answer = D
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easiest way : 2/3 is equal to 80 , so 1/3 will be equal to 40 . As given lenght and width is 3 times so 3*3(area of rectangle l*h) ; are would be 9 times 40*9=360 total area would be =360+80=440
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Bunuel wrote: Bunuel wrote: A rectangular wall is covered entirely with two kinds of decorative tiles: regular and jumbo. 1/3 of the tiles are jumbo tiles, which have a length three times that of regular tiles and have the same ratio of length to width as the regular tiles. If regular tiles cover 80 square feet of the wall, and no tiles overlap, what is the area of the entire wall?
A. 160 B. 240 C. 360 D. 440 E. 560 The number of jumbo tiles = x. The number of regular tiles = 2x. Assume the ratio of the dimensions of a regular tile is a:a > area = a^2. The dimensions of a jumbo tile is 3a:3a > area = 9a^2. The area of regular tiles = 2x*a^2 = 80. The area of jumbo tiles = x*9a^2 = 4.5(2x*a^2 ) = 4.5*80 = 360. Total area = 80 + 360 = 440. Answer: D. Hi B, Though it will not change the answer, should not we consider the tiles to be rectangular, instead of square.as the ratio could have been different, and that would require us to consider Length and Width differently. Suggest if there is something I'm missing out on! The number of jumbo tiles = x. The number of regular tiles = 2x. Assume the ratio of the dimensions of a regular tile is L:B > area = L*B. The dimensions of a jumbo tile is 3L:3B > area = 9(L*B). The area of regular tiles = 2x*L*B = 80. The area of jumbo tiles = x*9(L*B) = 4.5(2x*L*B ) = 4.5*80 = 360. Total area = 80 + 360 = 440. Answer: D
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A rectangular wall is covered entirely with two kinds of decorative tiles: regular and jumbo. 1/3 of the tiles are jumbo tiles, which have a length three times that of regular tiles and have the same ratio of length to width as the regular tiles. If regular tiles cover 80 square feet of the wall, and no tiles overlap, what is the area of the entire wall? A. 160 B. 240 C. 360 D. 440 E. 560 Let the area covered by regular tiles be x. The ratio of number of jumbo tile to regular tiles = 1 / 2 The length and width of the jumbo tiles are 3 times that of the regular tiles. Thus area of jumbo tiles = 9x/2 x = 80 9x/2 = 360 Thus total area = 360 + 80 = 440
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Bunuel wrote: A rectangular wall is covered entirely with two kinds of decorative tiles: regular and jumbo. 1/3 of the tiles are jumbo tiles, which have a length three times that of regular tiles and have the same ratio of length to width as the regular tiles. If regular tiles cover 80 square feet of the wall, and no tiles overlap, what is the area of the entire wall?
A. 160 B. 240 C. 360 D. 440 E. 560 I am not sure how you guys are assuming it to be a square tile. Here is my sol Regular 2x/3 length L width w lw*2x/3=80 lwx= 120<1> Jumbo x/3 length : 3l width :3w (since ratio of l:w of jumbo is same as regular) area covered will be 3(lwx) = 3(120)= 360 total area =360+80= 440



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Here's a simple straight forward solution:
Let Number of tiles be \(T.\)
Jumbo tiles: no. of tiles: \(j\) Length: \(Lj\) Width: \(Wj\)
Regular tiles: no.: \(r\) Length: \(Lr\) Width: \(Wr\)
Given a) \(j = T/3, r = 2T/3\) b) \(Lj = 3Lr\) also \(Lj/Wj = Lr/Wr\) , from this follows > \(Wj = 3 Wr\)
c) Area of Regular tiles = \(80\) no. of regular tiles * Area of one Regular tile
\((r) * (Lr * Wr) = 80\) > \((Lr * Wr) = 80/r\)
Now to get Area of jumbo tiles, we will do little and only work: no. of Jumbo tiles * Area of one Jumbo tile
\(Area Jumbo =\) \((j) * (Lj * Wj)\)
Using our deductions from " b) " and using values of 'j' and 'r' above, and placing it in the equation above : \(Area Jumbo =\) \(T/3* (3Lr * 3Wr)\)
>\(T/3* 9 (80/r)\)
place\(r = 2T/3\) above we get
360
Total area = 80 + 360 = 440
P.S. Tried to simplify it too much for everyone, otherwise its a 3 step process.



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Bunuel wrote: Bunuel wrote: A rectangular wall is covered entirely with two kinds of decorative tiles: regular and jumbo. 1/3 of the tiles are jumbo tiles, which have a length three times that of regular tiles and have the same ratio of length to width as the regular tiles. If regular tiles cover 80 square feet of the wall, and no tiles overlap, what is the area of the entire wall?
A. 160 B. 240 C. 360 D. 440 E. 560 The number of jumbo tiles = x. The number of regular tiles = 2x. Assume the ratio of the dimensions of a regular tile is a:a > area = a^2. The dimensions of a jumbo tile is 3a:3a > area = 9a^2. The area of regular tiles = 2x*a^2 = 80. The area of jumbo tiles = x*9a^2 = 4.5(2x*a^2 ) = 4.5*80 = 360. Total area = 80 + 360 = 440. Answer: D. can anyone pls. tell me how the ratio of jumbo to regular tiles became 1:2? Is it given? not able to figure out.



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robinpallickal wrote: Bunuel wrote: Bunuel wrote: A rectangular wall is covered entirely with two kinds of decorative tiles: regular and jumbo. 1/3 of the tiles are jumbo tiles, which have a length three times that of regular tiles and have the same ratio of length to width as the regular tiles. If regular tiles cover 80 square feet of the wall, and no tiles overlap, what is the area of the entire wall?
A. 160 B. 240 C. 360 D. 440 E. 560 The number of jumbo tiles = x. The number of regular tiles = 2x. Assume the ratio of the dimensions of a regular tile is a:a > area = a^2. The dimensions of a jumbo tile is 3a:3a > area = 9a^2. The area of regular tiles = 2x*a^2 = 80. The area of jumbo tiles = x*9a^2 = 4.5(2x*a^2 ) = 4.5*80 = 360. Total area = 80 + 360 = 440. Answer: D. can anyone pls. tell me how the ratio of jumbo to regular tiles became 1:2? Is it given? not able to figure out. 1/3 of the tiles are jumbo tiles and the remaining, so 2/3, are regular tile: (jumbo)/(regular) = (1/3):(2/3) = 1:2.
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Oh...missed that part....got it.
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ratio of r/j tile #=2:1 ratio of r/j tile size=(3*2):(9*6)=1:9 80+(r/2)(9*80/r)=440 square feet
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Bunuel wrote: A rectangular wall is covered entirely with two kinds of decorative tiles: regular and jumbo. 1/3 of the tiles are jumbo tiles, which have a length three times that of regular tiles and have the same ratio of length to width as the regular tiles. If regular tiles cover 80 square feet of the wall, and no tiles overlap, what is the area of the entire wall?
A. 160 B. 240 C. 360 D. 440 E. 560 2/3rd of the tiles are regular tiles with an area of 80 sq ft 2/3*l*b= 80 l*b= 80*3/2= 120 Since the ratio of L/B = l/b, and L is 3l. Therefore, B=3b 1/3rd of the area covered by jumbo tiles: 1/3 L*B= 1/3 *3l *3b= 3lb= 360 Total area= area covered by jumbo tiles+ area covered by regular tiles= 360+80= 440 D is the answer
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Hi All, This question is loaded with little details. You'll need to take lots of notes, stay organized and do some basic math to get the correct answer. We're told that there are two types of tiles: REGULAR and JUMBO. Now come all of the little math facts you have to take note of (and deduce)….. 1) 1/3 of the tiles are JUMBO tiles. Since 1/3 are JUMBO, the other 2/3 are REGULAR. This means that the ratio of JUMBO:REGULAR = 1:2; in other words, there are twice as many REGULAR tiles as JUMBO tiles. 2) JUMBO tiles have a length that is 3 TIMES that of the REGULAR tiles AND has the same ratio of length:width as the REGULAR tiles. We'll come back to this information in a moment. 3) REGULAR tiles cover 80 squarefeet of the wall. Since we weren't given any information about the dimensions of the REGULAR tiles, we can TEST VALUES. Let's say…. 1 REGULAR tile = 1ft x 1ft. Since REGULAR tiles cover 80 square feet, that means there are 80 REGULAR tiles. Now, let's go back to the 2nd piece of information….. JUMBO TILES have 3 times the length and the same ratio of length:width as REGULAR tiles. 1 REGULAR tile = 1ft x 1ft. 1 JUMBO tile = 3ft x 3ft. NOW, let's go back to the 1st piece of information….. The ratio of JUMBO:REGULAR = 1:2 80 REGULAR tiles (each 1ft x 1ft) 40 JUMBO tiles (each 3ft x 3ft). Total area of the wall = 80(1)(1) + 40(3)(3) = 80 + 360 = 440 square feet Final Answer: GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich
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Number of Tiles R:J = \(2/3\) : \(1/3\)  J=\(R/2\) ===> 1 Dimensions of the tiles R=LW & J=3L*3W=9LW ===> 2 Total area of the wall= (LW) * Total number of tiles From 1&2: Total area of the wall= (LW)*[R+9\(R/2\)] = 80 + 9\((90/2)\)= 80+360= 440
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Please tell me where am I understanding the problem wrong...
Area covered by rectangle tile is 80, also that is 2/3 of the total area since 1/3 is covered by jumbo. therefore 2/3 of total area is 80, which makes total area 120. But the total area OA is 440. Can anyone guide me where I am wrong.



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Hi mayur278, I have provided a full explanation for this question (it's a few posts above your post). The issue with your approach is that you're confusing the number of TILES with the TOTAL AREA. We know that the regularsized tiles cover 80 squarefeet; we do NOT know how much space the jumbosized tiles take up yet. We know that 1/3 of the tiles are jumbosized tiles (which means that 2/3 of the tiles are regularsized tiles). If you reread the prompt, you'll see a description of how much BIGGER the jumbosized tiles are compared to the regularsized tiles. You need to consider that additional information to get the correct answer. GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich
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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote: Hi All, This question is loaded with little details. You'll need to take lots of notes, stay organized and do some basic math to get the correct answer. We're told that there are two types of tiles: REGULAR and JUMBO. Now come all of the little math facts you have to take note of (and deduce)….. 1) 1/3 of the tiles are JUMBO tiles. Since 1/3 are JUMBO, the other 2/3 are REGULAR. This means that the ratio of JUMBO:REGULAR = 1:2; in other words, there are twice as many REGULAR tiles as JUMBO tiles. 2) JUMBO tiles have a length that is 3 TIMES that of the REGULAR tiles AND has the same ratio of length:width as the REGULAR tiles. We'll come back to this information in a moment. 3) REGULAR tiles cover 80 squarefeet of the wall. Since we weren't given any information about the dimensions of the REGULAR tiles, we can TEST VALUES. Let's say…. 1 REGULAR tile = 1ft x 1ft. Since REGULAR tiles cover 80 square feet, that means there are 80 REGULAR tiles. Now, let's go back to the 2nd piece of information….. JUMBO TILES have 3 times the length and the same ratio of length:width as REGULAR tiles. 1 REGULAR tile = 1ft x 1ft. 1 JUMBO tile = 3ft x 3ft. NOW, let's go back to the 1st piece of information….. The ratio of JUMBO:REGULAR = 1:2 80 REGULAR tiles (each 1ft x 1ft) 40 JUMBO tiles (each 3ft x 3ft). Total area of the wall = 80(1)(1) + 40(3)(3) = 80 + 360 = 440 square feet Final Answer: GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich Hi EMPOWERgmatRichCI'm confused on why we assume the tile is square not rectangular? How can I correctly interpret if to consider it rectangular : 2) JUMBO tiles have a length that is 3 TIMES that of the REGULAR tiles AND has the same ratio of length:width as the REGULAR tiles. Thanks in advance for your help



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Hi Mo2men, To start, the prompt states that the WALL is a rectangle, but it does NOT state whether the tiles are squares or rectangles. Thus, we can choose either shape as long as the dimensions fit the rest of the information in the prompt. For the sake of argument though, we can make the tiles rectangles... IF.... a regularsized tile has a length of 2 feet and a width of 1 foot, then its area is (2)(1) = 2 squarefeet. Since these tiles cover 80 squarefeet of wall, then we know that there are 80/2 = 40 regularsized tiles. These 40 tiles represent 2/3 of the total TILES, so the remaining 1/3 of the tiles (re: 20 TILES) are jumbosized tiles. A jumbosized tile has a length that is 3 times that of a regularsized tile and a ratio of lengthtowidth that matches. Thus, each jumbosized tile has a length of 6 feet and a width of 3 feet and covers (6)(3) = 18 squarefeet. The total area covered by the 20 jumbosized tiles is (20)(18) = 360 squarefeet. The 40 regulartiles and 20 jumbosized tiles would cover... 80 + 360 = 440 squarefeet... the same answer we get if we chose for the tiles to be squares. GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich
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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote: Hi Mo2men,
To start, the prompt states that the WALL is a rectangle, but it does NOT state whether the tiles are squares or rectangles. Thus, we can choose either shape as long as the dimensions fit the rest of the information in the prompt.
For the sake of argument though, we can make the tiles rectangles...
IF.... a regularsized tile has a length of 2 feet and a width of 1 foot, then its area is (2)(1) = 2 squarefeet. Since these tiles cover 80 squarefeet of wall, then we know that there are 80/2 = 40 regularsized tiles. These 40 tiles represent 2/3 of the total TILES, so the remaining 1/3 of the tiles (re: 20 TILES) are jumbosized tiles.
A jumbosized tile has a length that is 3 times that of a regularsized tile and a ratio of lengthtowidth that matches. Thus, each jumbosized tile has a length of 6 feet and a width of 3 feet and covers (6)(3) = 18 squarefeet. The total area covered by the 20 jumbosized tiles is (20)(18) = 360 squarefeet.
The 40 regulartiles and 20 jumbosized tiles would cover... 80 + 360 = 440 squarefeet... the same answer we get if we chose for the tiles to be squares.
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