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If x, y, and k are positive numbers such that :
(10)[x/(x+y)] + (20)[y/(y+x)]=k
and if x < y, which of the following could be the value of k?

A.10
B.12
C.15
D.18
E.30
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16 Oct 2004, 07:21
let x/x+y = z , then y/x+y = 1-z

10 z + 20 (1-z) = k

or z = (20-k)/10

or x/x+y = (20-k)/10

(x+y)/x = 10/(20-k)
y/x = 10/(20-k) -1 = (k-10)/(20-k)

y/x > 1

so, (k-10)/(20-k) >1

and K < 20

k-10 > 20-k or k > 15 and K < 20

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16 Oct 2004, 10:35
(10)[x/(x+y)] + (20)[y/(y+x)]=k

=> 10[(x+2y)/(x+y)] =k

Apply k from the answer choices.

lets say K = 30
we have
x+2y = 3x + 3y
or 2x=-y. => y<x

lets say K =18
we have
x+2y = 1.8x+1.8y
=>0.2y = 0.8x
or y=4x. =>X<Y. Hence D.
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16 Oct 2004, 11:14
when K=18

y=4x. =>Y>X and not X>Y. Right ?
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17 Oct 2004, 00:01
sorry guys, I don't have the explanation for the answer. However, OA is D
17 Oct 2004, 00:01
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