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At a supermarket, the ratio of the number of shampoos to the number of soaps is 8 to 5, and the ratio of the number of drinks to the number of shampoos is 3 to 4. If the ratio of the soaps to the number of cereals is 9 to 2, what is the ratio of the number of drinks to the number of cereals?

A. 4:3
B. 15:6
C. 45:16
D. 15:4
E. 27:5

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At a supermarket, the ratio of the number of shampoos to the number of soaps is 8 to 5, and the ratio of the number of drinks to the number of shampoos is 3 to 4. If the ratio of the soaps to the number of cereals is 9 to 2, what is the ratio of the number of drinks to the number of cereals?

A. 4:3
B. 15:6
C. 45:16
D. 15:4
E. 27:5

Solution:


    • \(\frac{Shampoos }{ Soaps }= \frac{8}{5} …………. (i)\)
    • \(\frac{Drinks }{ Shampoos} = \frac{3}{4 }…………...(ii)\)
    • \(\frac{Soaps }{Cereals }= \frac{9}{2} ……………. (iii)\)
    • Multiplying all (i), (ii) and (ii) together, we get,
      o \(\frac{Drinks }{ Cereals }\)= \(\frac{Drinks}{Shampoos} *\frac{Shampoos}{Soap}*\frac{Soaps}{Cereals}\) \(= \frac{3}{4}*\frac{8}{5}*\frac{9}{2 }= \frac{27 }{5} \)
Thus, the correct answer is Option E.
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At a supermarket, the ratio of the number of shampoos to the number of soaps is 8 to 5, and the ratio of the number of drinks to the number of shampoos is 3 to 4. If the ratio of the soaps to the number of cereals is 9 to 2, what is the ratio of the number of drinks to the number of cereals?

A. 4:3
B. 15:6
C. 45:16
D. 15:4
E. 27:5

\(\frac{Sh}{So} = \frac{8}{5}\); \(\frac{D}{Sh} = \frac{3}{4}\); \(\frac{So}{C} = \frac{9}{2}\); \(\frac{D}{C} = ?\)

\(\frac{D}{C} = \frac{D*9}{2*So} = \frac{D*9*8}{2*5*Sh} = \frac{3*9*8}{2*5*4} = 27:5\) -> Answer - E
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GMATWhizard wrote:
At a supermarket, the ratio of the number of shampoos to the number of soaps is 8 to 5, and the ratio of the number of drinks to the number of shampoos is 3 to 4. If the ratio of the soaps to the number of cereals is 9 to 2, what is the ratio of the number of drinks to the number of cereals?

A. 4:3
B. 15:6
C. 45:16
D. 15:4
E. 27:5

Solution:


    • \(\frac{Shampoos }{ Soaps }= \frac{8}{5} …………. (i)\)
    • \(\frac{Drinks }{ Shampoos} = \frac{3}{4 }…………...(ii)\)
    • \(\frac{Soaps }{Cereals }= \frac{9}{2} ……………. (iii)\)
    • Multiplying all (i), (ii) and (ii) together, we get,
      o \(\frac{Drinks }{ Cereals }\)= \(\frac{Drinks}{Shampoos} *\frac{Shampoos}{Soap}*\frac{Soaps}{Cereals}\) \(= \frac{3}{4}*\frac{8}{5}*\frac{9}{2 }= \frac{27 }{5} \)
Thus, the correct answer is Option E.


Great visualization and by far the best approach to not make any silly mistakes. I tend to take ratios for such problems, often resulting in careless errors. What I have learnt is that fractions are better to deal with in such cases.
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GMATWhizard wrote:
At a supermarket, the ratio of the number of shampoos to the number of soaps is 8 to 5, and the ratio of the number of drinks to the number of shampoos is 3 to 4. If the ratio of the soaps to the number of cereals is 9 to 2, what is the ratio of the number of drinks to the number of cereals?

A. 4:3
B. 15:6
C. 45:16
D. 15:4
E. 27:5

Solution:


    • \(\frac{Shampoos }{ Soaps }= \frac{8}{5} …………. (i)\)
    • \(\frac{Drinks }{ Shampoos} = \frac{3}{4 }…………...(ii)\)
    • \(\frac{Soaps }{Cereals }= \frac{9}{2} ……………. (iii)\)
    • Multiplying all (i), (ii) and (ii) together, we get,
      o \(\frac{Drinks }{ Cereals }\)= \(\frac{Drinks}{Shampoos} *\frac{Shampoos}{Soap}*\frac{Soaps}{Cereals}\) \(= \frac{3}{4}*\frac{8}{5}*\frac{9}{2 }= \frac{27 }{5} \)
Thus, the correct answer is Option E.


Great visualization and by far the best approach to not make any silly mistakes. I tend to take ratios for such problems, often resulting in careless errors. What I have learnt is that fractions are better to deal with in such cases.


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