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Arithmetic4

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The total salary of A,B ,C is \$444. If they spend 80%,85% and 75% of their salaries respectively, their savings are 7:6:9. Then salary of B is

1. 140
2. 160
3. 144

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07 Nov 2009, 03:19
B. 160 ?

Went by brute force (5+mins), must be some better way to do it...

B=444 - (A+C)

A's saving = 20% = (1/5)A
B's saving = (3/20)B
C's saving = (1/4)C

Using the given ration to get A & C in B form:
[(1/5)A]/[(3/20)B]=7/6 => A=(7/8)B
Similarly C=(9/10)B

So B= 444 - [(7/8)B + (9/10)B]
Solving this equation; B=160

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07 Nov 2009, 07:04
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Spendings of A, B and C are 80%, 85% and 75%. so we can derive that total spending to be 80% of the total.

Total salary is 444, which means total spending (80%) is approx. \$ 355.2 and savings is \$ 88.8. B's share in it is 6/22 or approx. \$ 24 which 15% of his earning. Hence B's salary should be \$ 160.

Is this right OA?

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10 Nov 2009, 00:30
Good one Kalpesh

Nice way

Agree with 160\$

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11 Nov 2009, 21:32
Spendings of A, B and C are 80%, 85% and 75%. so we can derive that total spending to be 80% of the total.

Total salary is 444, which means total spending (80%) is approx. \$ 355.2 and savings is \$ 88.8. B's share in it is 6/22 or approx. \$ 24 which 15% of his earning. Hence B's salary should be \$ 160.

Is this right OA?

I also used approximation but of a different kind. I assumed 15% of B's salary= Multiple of 6 in order to get integer values for savings of A&B&C. Got to option "160" and worked backwards to verify if all the salaries added up to 444

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12 Nov 2009, 03:06
Spendings of A, B and C are 80%, 85% and 75%. so we can derive that total spending to be 80% of the total.

Total salary is 444, which means total spending (80%) is approx. \$ 355.2 and savings is \$ 88.8. B's share in it is 6/22 or approx. \$ 24 which 15% of his earning. Hence B's salary should be \$ 160.

Is this right OA?

I guess that you are taking in this example the assumption that all salaries are almost the same...
Let's imagine salary A = 10\$ and salary C = 10\$ ... you will have some troubles to find the good solution.

Even if this way is really smart, the assumption could kill you.

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