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I think I'm tired because I'm having a hard time [#permalink]

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08 Nov 2005, 22:27

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I think I'm tired because I'm having a hard time interpreting what exactly "as many" means here:

At a certain college there are twice as many english majors as history majors, and 3 times as many english majors as math majors. What is the ration of the number of history majors to the number of math majors?

1. 6 to 1
2. 3 to 2
3. 2 to 3
4. 1 to 5
5. 1 to 6

Could you make up numbers when explaining yourself? That would help. Thanks!

I was doing exactly what the first poster did. any tips for help in this? If there are 4 english majors- does that mean there are 2 history majors or 8 history majors?

I was doing exactly what the first poster did. any tips for help in this? If there are 4 english majors- does that mean there are 2 history majors or 8 history majors?

Maybe, I am tired too!!
Long day's work --> see this question --> think it is too easy to be true --> fall right in to the trap

if there are 4 english majors, then there should be 2 history majors.

The way i approach this type of questions is first to understand it verbally...
The question says " twice as many english majors as history majors"...
that tells me there are more english majors than history.
Then I estalish the ratio. Giving the bigger portion to english...

Re: Ratio question that's driving me nuts! [#permalink]

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09 Nov 2005, 12:22

Jennif102 wrote:

I think I'm tired because I'm having a hard time interpreting what exactly "as many" means here:

At a certain college there are twice as many english majors as history majors, and 3 times as many english majors as math majors. What is the ration of the number of history majors to the number of math majors?

1. 6 to 1 2. 3 to 2 3. 2 to 3 4. 1 to 5 5. 1 to 6

Could you make up numbers when explaining yourself? That would help. Thanks!

Twice as many english majors as history majors means that there are more E than H with the equation being E = 2H