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Each of the 12 squares shown is labeled x,y,v,or w. What is the ratio of the number of these squares labeled x or y to the number of these squares labeled v or w?

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Each of the 12 squares shown is labeled x,y,v,or w. What is the ratio of the number of these squares labeled x or y to the number of these squares labeled v or w?

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Each of the 12 squares shown is labeled x,y,v,or w. What is the ratio of the number of these squares labeled x or y to the number of these squares labeled v or w?

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AbdurRakib wrote:

Each of the 12 squares shown is labeled x,y,v,or w. What is the ratio of the number of these squares labeled x or y to the number of these squares labeled v or w?

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Each of the 12 squares shown is labeled x,y,v,or w. What is the ratio of the number of these squares labeled x or y to the number of these squares labeled v or w?

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AbdurRakib wrote:

Each of the 12 squares shown is labeled x,y,v,or w. What is the ratio of the number of these squares labeled x or y to the number of these squares labeled v or w?

Since there are 5 Xs, 3 Ys, 2 Vs, and 2 Ws, the ratio of the number of the squares labeled x or y to the number of the squares labeled v or w is 8 : 4 = 2 : 1.

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Solution:

Step 1: Identify the total number of squares labeled x, y, v, & w separately as follows: The number of squares labeled x = 5 The number of squares labeled y = 3 The number of squares labeled v = 2 The number of squares labled w = 2

Step 2: The total number of squares altogether equals 12. Crosscheck that the sum of the total squares labeled x, y, v, & w in Step 1 equals 12. If that is not so, find out where you made a mistake and correct your error.

Step 3: The total number of squares labeled x or y = 5 + 3 = 8. Again, crosscheck that you’re right here by counting all the squares with x and y labels together. Also, the total number of squares labeled v or w = 2 + 2 = 4. Count the total number of squares with v and w labels to be sure you’re right.

Step 4: To obtain the ratio of the number of the squares labeled x or y to the number of squares labeled v or w, simply divide the number of squares labeled x or y by the number of squares labeled v or w as follows: 8/4 = 8: 4 = 2:1.

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I found this easiest to calculate by writing x|y and v|w on my notepad, then adding a tally mark to the appropriate bucket as I encountered each letter.

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I found this easiest to calculate by writing x|y and v|w on my notepad, then adding a tally mark to the appropriate bucket as I encountered each letter.

x | y = 8 v | w = 4

8:4 = 2:1 (reduced)

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AbdurRakib wrote:

Each of the 12 squares shown is labeled x,y,v,or w. What is the ratio of the number of these squares labeled x or y to the number of these squares labeled v or w?

Can one of you please tell us why "or" here means sum? Why did the question not use "and"? "x or y" versus "x and y" I know in statistics, "or" is combination and "and" is multiplication. Thank you.

Can one of you please tell us why "or" here means sum? Why did the question not use "and"? "x or y" versus "x and y" I know in statistics, "or" is combination and "and" is multiplication. Thank you.

There are no boxes marked 'x and y'. Either a box is marked x or it is marked y. We need to consider both.

When I say, either A OR B will come with me, how many options do I have to take someone with me? I have 2 options. When we say we need number of boxes marked x OR y, we have 5 + 4 = 9 options.
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