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A total of 30 percent of the geese included in a certain migration study were male. If some of the geese migrated during the study and 20 percent of the migrating geese were male, what was the ratio of the migration rate for the male geese to the migration rate for the female geese? [Migration rate for geese of a certain sex = (number of geese of that sex migrating) / (total number of geese of that sex)] A. 1/4 B. 7/12 C. 2/3 D. 7/8 E. 8/7
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ajit257 wrote: A total of 30 percent of the geese included in a certain migration study were male. If some of the geese migrated during the study and 20 percent of the migrating geese were male, what was the ratio of the migration rate for the male geese to the migration rate for the female geese? [Migration rate for geese of a certain sex = (number of geese of that sex migrating) / (total number of geese of that sex)]
A. 1/4 B. 7/12 C. 2/3 D. 7/8 E. 8/7 Let there be g geese, of which 0.3g are male and 0.7g are female Lets say m geese migrated, 0.2m are male and 0.8m are female Migration Rate Male = 0.2m / 0.3g = (2/3)*(m/g) Migration Rate Female = 0.8m / 0.7g = (8/7)*(m/g) Ratio of migration rates = (2/3) / (8/7) = 7/12 Answer is (b)
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Let there be 100 geese. Out of these since there were 30% male then there were 70 females, let the number of migrating birds be X, out of the ones migrating 20% were males so .8x where females. so, 7/8 (D)



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Let' take the Number of geese to be 100.
Male = 30. Female = 70.
Now the second part of the Q, Let's take the Number migrated to be 20.
So we have 20 geese that migrated and out of that 20% are male i.e 20/100 *20 = 4 Geese (Males)
And now we know out of the total 20 geese , 4 are male , then 16 have to be female.
Now the ratio part , Male Geese Ratios = 4/30 = 2/15.  A
Female Geese Ratios =16/70=8/35  B
Cross Multiply Equations A and B and you get =7/12 .
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DaVagabond wrote: Let' take the Number of geese to be 100.
Male = 30. Female = 70.
Now the second part of the Q, Let's take the Number migrated to be 20.
So we have 20 geese that migrated and out of that 20% are male i.e 20/100 *20 = 4 Geese (Males)
And now we know out of the total 20 geese , 4 are male , then 16 have to be female.
Now the ratio part , Male Geese Ratios = 4/30 = 2/15.  A
Female Geese Ratios =16/70=8/35  B
Cross Multiply Equations A and B and you get =7/12 .
Ans B Hi all, i too tried the same method and its taking more than 3 Mins. Please tell if there is any fast solution method. Regards, Rrsnathan



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rrsnathan wrote: DaVagabond wrote: Let' take the Number of geese to be 100.
Male = 30. Female = 70.
Now the second part of the Q, Let's take the Number migrated to be 20.
So we have 20 geese that migrated and out of that 20% are male i.e 20/100 *20 = 4 Geese (Males)
And now we know out of the total 20 geese , 4 are male , then 16 have to be female.
Now the ratio part , Male Geese Ratios = 4/30 = 2/15.  A
Female Geese Ratios =16/70=8/35  B
Cross Multiply Equations A and B and you get =7/12 .
Ans B Hi all, i too tried the same method and its taking more than 3 Mins. Please tell if there is any fast solution method. Regards, Rrsnathan say 100 are geese.. 30% means 30 are male and 70 are female. Now x geese migrates, Therefore \(\frac{x}{5}\) are male (since 20% of migrating geeses are male) and hence \(\frac{4x}{5}\) are female Therefore \(\frac{Migration rate male}{Migration rate female}\) = {(x/5)/30} / {(4x/5)/70} Solving we get, 7/12 as answer. Consider Kudos if the post helped.



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If we use the formula they give us
Isnt the migration rate the following:
Males = # geese migrating / total # of geese in sex = 0.2 (0.3x) / 0.3 Females = 0.8 * 0.7 / 0.7
Can someone help please explain why it is not the above?



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rjivani wrote: If we use the formula they give us
Isnt the migration rate the following:
Males = # geese migrating / total # of geese in sex = 0.2 (0.3x) / 0.3 Females = 0.8 * 0.7 / 0.7
Can someone help please explain why it is not the above? 0.2 * (0.3x) is a problem. The questions says that 20% of the geese migrating were males. It doesn't say that 20% of males migrated. Sp if there were 100 geese in all, 30 were males. The question does NOT say that 20% of these 30 migrated. Say, if half the total geese migrated, 50 migrated. Out of these 50, 20% were male i.e. 10 were male. SO we need to take 20% of migrated geese, not the 20% of male population. Does this sort out your problem?
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Taking 100 as the number of geese in the study, 30 are male and 70 are female. Setting the number of geese that migrate as 5x, the number of male geese migrating is x (20%), and the number of female geese migrating is 4x (80%).
Ratio = (x/30)/(4x/70) = 70x/120x = 7/12
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ajit257 wrote: A total of 30 percent of the geese included in a certain migration study were male. If some of the geese migrated during the study and 20 percent of the migrating geese were male, what was the ratio of the migration rate for the male geese to the migration rate for the female geese? [Migration rate for geese of a certain sex = (number of geese of that sex migrating) / (total number of geese of that sex)]
A. 1/4 B. 7/12 C. 2/3 D. 7/8 E. 8/7 We can let t = the total number of geese before migration; thus, the number of male geese = 0.3t and the number of female geese = 0.7t. If we let the number of migrating geese = m, then the number of male migrating geese = 0.2m and the number of female migrating geese = 0.8m. Thus, the migration rate for the male geese is 0.2m/0.3t = 2m/3t and the migration rate for the female geese is 0.8m/0.7t = 8m/7t. Thus, the ratio of male migration rate to female migration rate is: (2m/3t)/(8m/7t) = (7t x 2m)/(3t x 8m) = (14mt)/(24mt) = 14/24 = 7/12. Answer: B
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rrsnathan wrote: DaVagabond wrote: Let' take the Number of geese to be 100.
Male = 30. Female = 70.
Now the second part of the Q, Let's take the Number migrated to be 20.
So we have 20 geese that migrated and out of that 20% are male i.e 20/100 *20 = 4 Geese (Males)
And now we know out of the total 20 geese , 4 are male , then 16 have to be female.
Now the ratio part , Male Geese Ratios = 4/30 = 2/15.  A
Female Geese Ratios =16/70=8/35  B
Cross Multiply Equations A and B and you get =7/12 .
Ans B Hi all, i too tried the same method and its taking more than 3 Mins. Please tell if there is any fast solution method. Regards, Rrsnathan You could use the same method, but with simpler numbers. 30 males 70 females Any 20/80 ratio for males migrating to females migrating will work. So, you could use the following. 10 males migrated 40 females migrated male migration ratio: 10/30 = 1/3 female migration ratio: 40/70 = 4/7 (1/3)/(4/7) = 7/12 Choose B, and you are on to the next question. Enjoy the GAME!
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MartyMurray wrote: rrsnathan wrote: DaVagabond wrote: Let' take the Number of geese to be 100.
Male = 30. Female = 70.
Now the second part of the Q, Let's take the Number migrated to be 20.
So we have 20 geese that migrated and out of that 20% are male i.e 20/100 *20 = 4 Geese (Males)
And now we know out of the total 20 geese , 4 are male , then 16 have to be female.
Now the ratio part , Male Geese Ratios = 4/30 = 2/15.  A
Female Geese Ratios =16/70=8/35  B
Cross Multiply Equations A and B and you get =7/12 .
Ans B Hi all, i too tried the same method and its taking more than 3 Mins. Please tell if there is any fast solution method. Regards, Rrsnathan You could use the same method, but with simpler numbers. 30 males 70 females Any 20/80 ratio for males migrating to females migrating will work. So, you could use the following. 10 males migrated 40 females migrated male migration ratio: 10/30 = 1/3 female migration ratio: 40/70 = 4/7 (1/3)/(4/7) = 7/12 Choose B, and you are on to the next question. Enjoy the GAME! Great explanation! Can someone quickly point out why you divide (1/3) by (4/7) in order to take the ratio of those? Thanks



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hjli89 wrote: MartyMurray wrote: Let' take the Number of geese to be 100. You could use the same method, but with simpler numbers. 30 males 70 females Any 20/80 ratio for males migrating to females migrating will work. So, you could use the following. 10 males migrated 40 females migrated male migration ratio: 10/30 = 1/3 female migration ratio: 40/70 = 4/7 (1/3)/(4/7) = 7/12 Choose B, and you are on to the next question. Enjoy the GAME! Great explanation! Can someone quickly point out why you divide (1/3) by (4/7) in order to take the ratio of those? Thanks [/quote] [Migration rate for geese of a certain sex = (number of geese of that sex migrating) / (total number of geese of that sex)] the migration rate for the male geese = 1/3 the migration rate for the female geese=4/7 BUT we have to find RATIO of these rates: "theratio of the migration rate for the male geese to the migration rate for the female geese?" That is why we divide 1/3 by 4/7 Hope it helps
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