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If 7 times the number of male workers in a certain factory equals 3

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If 7 times the number of male workers in a certain factory equals 3 times the number of female workers, then which of the following can be the total number of workers in this factory?

A. 21
B. 37
C. 110
D. 128
E. 201

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Consider x male , y female employee.
As per the statement 7x=3y
Implies y=7x/3
X+Y
x+7x/3+=10x/3
In the options 110 is a multiple of 10
So..
Option C
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shivsuddala wrote:
Consider x male , y female employee.
As per the statement 7x=3y
Implies y=7x/3
X+Y
x+7x/3+=10x/3
In the options 110 is a multiple of 10
So..
Option C


how did you get 10x ? :?
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shivsuddala wrote:
Consider x male , y female employee.
As per the statement 7x=3y
Implies y=7x/3
X+Y
x+7x/3+=10x/3
In the options 110 is a multiple of 10
So..
Option C


how did you get 10x ? :?


Think it this way.
7M = 3F
Therefor M = (3/7) F
Now Total Workers in the factory are = M + F = (3/7)F + F = 10F/7
So whatever be the number of Workers; The number of female workers will always be an integer value.
Now lets check each option:
Option A = Total Workers is 21 implies 10F/7 = 21; giving an non-integer value for F
Option B = Total Workers is 37 implies 10F/7 = 37; again giving an non-integer value for F
Option C = Total Workers is 110 implies 10F/7 = 110; giving an integer value of F = 77 and that leaves number of males M = 33
7 times number of males = 7 x 33 = 231 = 3 times number of females = 3 x 77 = 231
Hence C is the only possible answer.

Option D = Total Workers is 128 implies 10F/7 = 128; again giving an non-integer value for F
Option E = Total Workers is 201 implies 10F/7 = 201; again giving an non-integer value for F
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Jiggy11 wrote:
If 7 times the number of male workers in a certain factory equals 3 times the number of female workers, then which of the following can be the total number of workers in this factory?

A. 21
B. 37
C. 110
D. 128
E. 201

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7M = 3F

\(\frac{M}{F} = \frac{3}{7}\)

Since number of male workers and female workers must both be integers, M must be a multiple of 3 (say M = 3a) and F the same multiple of 7 (say F = 7a).

So the sum will be 3a+7a = 10a

Only option (C) is possible.
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