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In a certain bookstore, 30 percent of the books that have been discounted are called bargain books and are priced below $4. If the bargain books make up 18 percent of the total number of books in the store, what percent of the books in the store are discounted?

A) 13%

B) 48%

C) 54%

D) 60%

E) 88%

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In a certain bookstore, 30 percent of the books that have been discounted are called bargain books and are priced below $4. If the bargain books make up 18 percent of the total number of books in the store, what percent of the books in the store are discounted?

A) 13%

B) 48%

C) 54%

D) 60%

E) 88%


discounted books = D..
.3 *D = bargain books = B..
NOW B = .18 T..
so \(.3D = .18*T\) so \(\frac{D}{T} = \frac{.18}{.3} = .6\)or 60%
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In a certain bookstore, 30 percent of the books that have been discounted are called bargain books and are priced below $4. If the bargain books make up 18 percent of the total number of books in the store, what percent of the books in the store are discounted?

A) 13%

B) 48%

C) 54%

D) 60%

E) 88%


Let 10 books have been discounted
Bargain books = 3

3 represents 18%
1 represents 18/3
10 represents 18/3*100 = 60%

Approach is similar to that used by [b]chetan2u
, I have just plugged in some numbers...
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In a certain bookstore, 30 percent of the books that have been discounted are called bargain books and are priced below $4. If the bargain books make up 18 percent of the total number of books in the store, what percent of the books in the store are discounted?

A) 13%

B) 48%

C) 54%

D) 60%

E) 88%


We can let the total number of discounted books = d and let the total number of books in the store = n.

We need to determine what percent of the books in the store are discounted or d/n x 100 = ?

Since 30 percent of the books that have been discounted are called bargain books, bargain books = 0.3d

Since bargain books make up 18% of the total books in the store, bargain books = 0.18n

Thus, we can equate 0.3d and 0.18n and isolate d/n.

0.3d = 0.18n

30d = 18n

d/n = 18/30 = 3/5

Thus d/n x 100 = 3/5 x 100 = 60 percent.

Answer: D
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\(\frac{(0.3X)}{T}* 100 = 18\)

\(\frac{X}{T}* 100 = 60%\)

REMEMBER WE ARE ASKED THE PERCENTAGE OF DISCOUNTED BOOKS i.e., which is \(\frac{X}{T}*100\) i.e., 60%.

Hence D is the correct choice.
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The fact that "they are priced below $4" is completely irrelevant, right?
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If the total number of books in the store is 100, then 18% is 18.

18 books are bargain books, which are 30% of the discounted books. So there are 60 discounted books. 60 is 60% of 100.

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