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A woman sold 100 oranges at $12.10, some at the rate of 3 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 26 Jul 2010, 07:39 5 This post received KUDOS 5 This post was BOOKMARKED 00:00 Difficulty: 65% (hard) Question Stats: 66% (03:27) correct 34% (02:53) wrong based on 362 sessions ### HideShow timer Statistics A woman sold 100 oranges at$12.10, some at the rate of 3 for 35 cents and the rest at 7 for 85 cents. How many were sold at the first rate?

A. 45
B. 21
C. 9
D. 15
E. 12
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This can be solved like a classical mixture problem but numbers are awkward to deal with.

It's easier to just look at the answer choices. You know that a multiple of 3 oranges has to be sold at the first rate, and a multiple of 7 at the second rate. You simple subtract the answer choices for the first rate from 100 and check whether the remainder (i.e. the number of oranges sold at the second rate) is a multiple of 7.

100 - 45 = 55 => not a multiple of 7 so exclude
100 - 21 = 79 => not a multiple of 7 so exclude
100 -9 = 91 => a multiple of 7 so keep
100 - 15 = 85 => not a multiple of 7 so exclude
100 - 12 = 88 => not a multiple of 7 so exclude

Hence, answer choice 9 is correct.
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$$\frac{35}{3}x+\frac{85}{7}(100-x)=1210$$

solve and you'll get x = 9
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$$\frac{35}{3}x+\frac{85}{7}(100-x)=1210$$

Can you pls explain the Right hand side of equation.
Won't it be 12.10
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$$\frac{35}{3}x+\frac{85}{7}(100-x)=1210$$

Can you pls explain the Right hand side of equation.
Won't it be 12.10

The equation equates the total selling price. He gets $12.10 i.e. 1210 cents. If he sold x oranges for 35/3 cents and (100-x) for 85/7 cents, this is a total of (35/3) * x + (85/7) * (100-x) cents. You equate cents to cents. Also, you can use the weighted average formula here: w1/w2 = (85/7 - 121/10)/(121/10 - 35/3) = 9/91 Total 9+91 is 100. So he sells 9 oranges at 35 for 3 and 91 oranges at 85 for 7. _________________ Karishma Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor My Blog Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for$199

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GMATD11 wrote:
$$\frac{35}{3}x+\frac{85}{7}(100-x)=1210$$

Can you pls explain the Right hand side of equation.
Won't it be 12.10

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Because we are taking all the values in cents so we have converted $12.10 into cents which is 1210 cents. as 1 cent =0.01 Dollar Hope this helps. Try and fail but never fail to try. GMAT Club Legend Joined: 09 Sep 2013 Posts: 13959 Followers: 591 Kudos [?]: 167 [0], given: 0 Re: A woman sold 100 oranges at$12.10, some at the rate of 3 [#permalink]

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Re: A woman sold 100 oranges at $12.10, some at the rate of 3 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 02 May 2015, 08:14 simple question.... killer calculation.. WOW... rxs0005 wrote: A woman sold 100 oranges at$12.10, some at the rate of 3 for 35 cents and the rest at 7 for 85 cents. How many were sold at the first rate?

A. 45
B. 21
C. 9
D. 15
E. 12

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