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# A solution of salt and water contains 15% salt by weight. Of

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A solution of salt and water contains 15% salt by weight. Of it 30 kg water evaporates and the solution now contains 20% of salt. Find the original quantity of salt?
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19 Feb 2004, 10:30
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S/(S+W) = 0.15
0.85S = 0.15W or 17S = 3W

S/(S+W1) = 0.2
W1 = W-30
0.8S = 0.2W-6 or 4S = W-30
12S = 3W-90
17S = 3W
so 5S = 90 or S = 18 Kg
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19 Feb 2004, 12:54

Can you post your approach please if different from anandk. I am trying to find out a diff way of solving this but cannot comeup with one
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19 Feb 2004, 17:35
guys just think, how did u get 18 kg as the original quantity of salt when 30 kg has already evapourated. Try again
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19 Feb 2004, 19:11
rakesh1239 wrote:
guys just think, how did u get 18 kg as the original quantity of salt when 30 kg has already evapourated. Try again

Is the question asking the amount of salt in the solution or the original
amount of solution?

If you meant amount of original solution, than it is 120 Kgs.

My method also same as Anand's.
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