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At a certain university, the ratio of the number of teaching assistants to the number of students in any course must always be greater than 3:80. At this university, what is the maximum number of students possible in a course that has 5 teaching assistants?
A. 130
B. 131
C. 132
D. 133
E. 134
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At a certain university, the ratio of the number of teaching assistants to the number of students in any course must always be greater than 3:80. At this university, what is the maximum number of students possible in a course that has 5 teaching assistants?
A. 130
B. 131
C. 132
D. 133
E. 134

Given: $$\frac{assistants}{students}>\frac{3}{80}$$ --> $$assistants=5$$, so $$\frac{5}{s}>\frac{3}{80}$$ --> $$s_{max}=?$$

$$\frac{5}{s}>\frac{3}{80}$$ --> $$s<\frac{5*80}{3}\approx{133.3}$$ --> so $$s_{max}=133$$.

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At a certain university, the ratio of the number of teaching assistants to the number of students in any course must always be greater than 3:80. At this university, what is the maximum number of students possible in a course that has 5 teaching assistants?
A. 130
B. 131
C. 132
D. 133
E. 134

Given: $$\frac{assistants}{students}>\frac{3}{80}$$ --> $$assistants=5$$, so $$\frac{5}{s}>\frac{3}{80}$$ --> $$s_{max}=?$$

$$\frac{5}{s}>\frac{3}{80}$$ --> $$s<\frac{5*80}{3}\approx{133.3}$$ --> so $$s_{max}=133$$.

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26 Oct 2010, 10:41
for 80 students, more than 3 teaching assistants are there
so for 5 teaching assistants .... no.of students max is ??

3 ---- 80
5-----?

80*5/3 = 133
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06 Feb 2011, 10:57
t/s > 3/80
s < (80/3) * t
s < 80 * 5/3
s = 133
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A ratio of Teacher/Student > 3/80

In words;
3 Teachers teach < 80 students
1 teacher teaches < 80/3 students
5 teachers teach < (80/3)*5 students
5 teachers teach < 400/3 students
5 teachers teach < 133.33 students

Students can only be integers
5 teachers teach < 134 students

or a maximum of 133 Students.

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Hi, Can someone pleas explain me what exactly does this line mean?

''the ratio of the number of teaching assistants to the number of students in any course must always be greater than 3:80.''
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Hi, Can someone pleas explain me what exactly does this line mean?

''the ratio of the number of teaching assistants to the number of students in any course must always be greater than 3:80.''

This is explained in the solutions above. It means $$\frac{assistants}{students}>\frac{3}{80}$$
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11 Jan 2017, 22:54
Thank you for replying Bunuel. See, I understand the algebraic representation of the statement. My problem is

teachers/students > 3/80 means that for every 80 students, there are 3 teachers. therefore, for every 1 teacher, the maximum number of student can be 26.7 rounded off to 26 (cant take 27 coz then the condition wont sustain).Now, if for 1 teacher the max is 26, therefore for 5 teachers the max should be 130, no? Where am I going wrong ??

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15 Mar 2017, 02:55
I got 133 as answer. But if you compare the ratios.
\frac{3}{80}=0.0375
1)\frac{5}{130}=0.0384
2)Will be less than 2nd option
3)Will be less than 2nd option
4)Will be less than 2nd option
5)Will be less than 2nd option
Since we were told that ratio should be greater than \frac{3}{80} and only option 1 satisfies that. Not sure where i am wrong.
Can someone help me understand this?
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At a certain university, the ratio of the number of teaching assistants to the number of students in any course must always be greater than 3:80. At this university, what is the maximum number of students possible in a course that has 5 teaching assistants?
A. 130
B. 131
C. 132
D. 133
E. 134

let teaching assistant be t and s be the students then
t/s > 3/80
given t=5
5/s>3/80
(400)/3 > s
133.33>s
so s =133
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At a certain university, the ratio of the number of teaching assistants to the number of students in any course must always be greater than 3:80. At this university, what is the maximum number of students possible in a course that has 5 teaching assistants?
A. 130
B. 131
C. 132
D. 133
E. 134

let teaching assistant be t and s be the students then
t/s > 3/80
given t=5
5/s>3/80
(400)/3 > s
133.33>s
so s =133

Thanks eddy.Got it.
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At a certain university, the ratio of the number of teaching assistants to the number of students in any course must always be greater than 3:80. At this university, what is the maximum number of students possible in a course that has 5 teaching assistants?
A. 130
B. 131
C. 132
D. 133
E. 134

We are given that the ratio of the number of teaching assistants to the number of students in any course must always be greater than 3:80, and we need to determine the maximum number of students possible in a course that has 5 teaching assistants. Let’s use the following formula, in which t = 5 = the number of teaching assistants and s = the number of students.

t/s> 3/80

5/s > 3/80

400 > 3s

400/3 > s

133.33 > s

Since s must be a whole number, the largest possible value of s is 133.

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