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Al, Bert, and Carl are the winners of a school drawing for a pile of Halloween candy, which they are to divide in a ratio of 3 : 2 : 1, respectively. Due to some confusion they come at different times to claim their prizes, and each assumes he is the first to arrive. If each takes what he believes to be his correct share of candy, what fraction of the candy goes unclaimed?

(A)\(\frac{1}{18}\)

(B)\(\frac{1}{6}\)

(C)\(\frac{2}{9}\)

(D)\(\frac{5}{18}\)

(E)\(\frac{5}{12}\)
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Al, Bert, and Carl are the winners of a school drawing for a pile of Halloween candy, which they are to divide in a ratio of 3 : 2 : 1, respectively. Due to some confusion they come at different times to claim their prizes, and each assumes he is the first to arrive. If each takes what he believes to be his correct share of candy, what fraction of the candy goes unclaimed?

(A)\(\frac{1}{18}\)

(B)\(\frac{1}{6}\)

(C)\(\frac{2}{9}\)

(D)\(\frac{5}{18}\)

(E)\(\frac{5}{12}\)


Al's share=\(\frac{3x}{(3x+2x+x)}=\frac{1}{2}\)
Bert's share=\(\frac{2x}{(3x+2x+x)}=\frac{1}{3}\)
Carl's share=\(\frac{x}{(3x+2x+x)}=\frac{1}{6}\)

Suppose Al came first to claim his share, he would take=1-1/2=1/2 pile of candy
Suppose Carl came next, his share would be 1/2-1/12=5/12 pile of candy
Suppose Bertl came next, his share would be 1/12-5/36=10/36= \(\frac{5}{18}\)pile of candy

Here order doesn't matter since their shares are dependent on each other and the total quantity is fixed.

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