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Equal amount of water were poured into two empty jars of different capacities, which made one jar 1/4 full and other jar 1/3 full. If the water in the jar with lesser capacity is then poured into the jar with greater capacity, what fraction of the larger jar will be filled with water? A. 1/7 B. 2/7 C. 1/2 D. 7/12 E. 2/3
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Originally posted by leafsrule99 on 11 Aug 2010, 14:17.
Last edited by Bunuel on 24 Jun 2013, 03:58, edited 3 times in total.
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Equal amounts of water were poured into both jars and this made big jar as 1/4 full then same amount from smaller jar is poured . It will make 2*(1/4)= 1/2 full




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1/2 seems straight forward. If x amount of water fills up the jar upto 1/4th of its capacity, 2x will fill up 1/2.



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My take on this (although Mavens like Bunuel can always expound in 2 lines) Let v be the volume of water added to both : v = x/4 v = y/3 x = 4v (total capacity of larger jar) y = 3v (total capacity of smaller jar) So v is added again to larger jar, hence total water = v+v 2v  = 1/2 4v
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we are pouring equal amount of water. say X ml So for larger gar, if X ml fills 25% then, 2X ml will fill 50% or 1/2.



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Hi Experts Why below answer is wrong.....
Let the capacity of both jug X(small) & Y(big) After pouring water... capacity of water both jug x/4 and y/3... as given x/4=y/3 so x=4y/3
now given smaller jug water poured into bigger made the equ x/4+y/3=>3x+4y/12..putting x=4y/3...we got 2y/3 which mean 2/3 rd of y
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this is how i did it.. 1/3 of the second jar is equal to 1/4 of the first one therefore if you add that one to the first jar then it should be 1/4+1/4 which should give you 1/2 answer = C



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First determine which is the big one? \(\frac{1}{4} th\) is the big container as equal quantities of water poured made it "less full" Same quantity of water added twice, so multiply by 2 \(2 * \frac{1}{4} = \frac{1}{2}\) Answer = C
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I actually drew the jars to solve it, without calculating anything... Just to give you a good laugh, I will describe how: So, I first created one jar, and marked its 1/4th and 1/3rd. This showed me that if these were 2 jars, the one filled up to its 1/4th must be the bigger one. Then I just drew 2 same jars, next to eac other, and marked 1/4th in one and 1/3rd in the other. I pulled the line that marked the 1/4th of one jar on the second jar, and saw that there was only a little it lower than the 1/3rd. The I realised that if I moved the rest to jar one, it would be filled half way... So, 1/2. Mind that I am a psychologist... Sometimes, it is easier for me not to do the math!



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Assume that the total water in the Jar is 2 litres. Since equal amounts of water is poured into the other 2 jars, we know that 1 litre of water was poured in each.
Hence, for the jar with Higher capacity, 1l=1/4 the capacity and for the jar with lower capacity, 1l=1/3 the capacity.
Hence, the total capacity of the jar with higher capacity=4 litres If 1 litre from the other jar is poured into this jar, we get 2 litres which is 1/2 the total capacity. Answer=1/2=C



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leafsrule99 wrote: Equal amount of water were poured into two empty jars of different capacities, which made one jar 1/4 full and other jar 1/3 full. If the water in the jar with lesser capacity is then poured into the jar with greater capacity, what fraction of the larger jar will be filled with water?
A. 1/7 B. 2/7 C. 1/2 D. 7/12 E. 2/3 Let’s say that one jar has a capacity of 16 liters and the other, 12 liters. So, when equal parts water are poured into each jar, one jar has 4 liters and the other has 4 liters. When the contents of the small jar (4 liters from the 12liter jar) are poured into the larger jar (4 litters in the 16liter jar), the larger jar is now 8/16 = 1/2 full. Alternate Solution: Consider only the larger jar. When the first amount of water is poured into it, the jar becomes ¼ full. Now, a second amount of water, which is actually equal to the first amount, is poured into the larger jar. This second amount of water is also equivalent to ¼ of the jar’s capacity. Thus, the jar is now ¼ + ¼ = ½ full. Answer: C
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leafsrule99 wrote: Equal amount of water were poured into two empty jars of different capacities, which made one jar 1/4 full and other jar 1/3 full. If the water in the jar with lesser capacity is then poured into the jar with greater capacity, what fraction of the larger jar will be filled with water?
A. 1/7 B. 2/7 C. 1/2 D. 7/12 E. 2/3 here is my solution: let equal amount be 25 let jar with greater capacity is 100 litres > hence 25 litres is 1/4 let jar with lesser capacity is 75 litres > hence 25 litres is 1/3 25+25 = 50 50/100 = 1/2



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Bunuel wrote: Equal amount of water were poured into two empty jars of different capacities, which made one jar 1/4 full and other jar 1/3 full. If the water in the jar with lesser capacity is then poured into the jar with greater capacity, what fraction of the larger jar will be filled with water?
A. 1/7 B. 2/7 C. 1/2 D. 7/12 E. 2/3
Shortcut solution:
Some amount of water made bigger jar 1/4 full, then the same amount of water (stored for a while in smaller jar) were added to bigger jar, so bigger jar is 1/4+1/4=1/2 full.
Answer: C. Bunuel hello what if amounts were different how would you solve it ?



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dave13 wrote: Bunuel wrote: Equal amount of water were poured into two empty jars of different capacities, which made one jar 1/4 full and other jar 1/3 full. If the water in the jar with lesser capacity is then poured into the jar with greater capacity, what fraction of the larger jar will be filled with water?
A. 1/7 B. 2/7 C. 1/2 D. 7/12 E. 2/3
Shortcut solution:
Some amount of water made bigger jar 1/4 full, then the same amount of water (stored for a while in smaller jar) were added to bigger jar, so bigger jar is 1/4+1/4=1/2 full.
Answer: C. Bunuel hello what if amounts were different how would you solve it ? Hello dave! I am not sure if i will be able to answer your question but let me try! What if the amounts are different? I think then all we need is to have the relation between the amounts. If x amount is poured to Container 1 and it fills 25%. Then 2x amount is poured to container 2 and it fills 50%. Now from container 2 if we pour to container 1, how much does container one get filled? Container 1 gets filled x + 2x amount. 25% + 25% + 25% = 75%. Hope this helps!




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