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In a certain company, the ratio of the number of managers to the number of non-managers in any department must always be greater than 5 : 24. In the company, what is the maximum number of non-managers in a department that has 8 managers:

a) 36
b) 37
c) 38
d) 39
e) 40

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M/NM > 5x/24x

M = 8
8/NM > 5x/24x
8/NM - 5x/24x > 0
(192x - 5x * NM)/(24x * NM) > 0
192x - 5x*NM > 0
5x*NM < 192x
NM < 192x/5x
NM < 38.4
Maximum number of non managers = 38

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New post 25 Jul 2016, 23:29
eduardofp wrote:
Please help with the following question from PS:

In a certain company, the ratio of the number of managers to the number of non-managers in any department must always be greater than 5 : 24. In the company, what is the maximum number of non-managers in a department that has 8 managers:

a) 36
b) 37
c) 38
d) 39
e) 40

I need help because this question was discussed a lot in our group and some of us do not agree with the OA.

Thanks in advance


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eduardofp wrote:
Please help with the following question from PS:

In a certain company, the ratio of the number of managers to the number of non-managers in any department must always be greater than 5 : 24. In the company, what is the maximum number of non-managers in a department that has 8 managers:

a) 36
b) 37
c) 38
d) 39
e) 40


Let M = managers
Let x = non-managers

"[T]he ratio of the number of managers to the number of non-managers [] must always be greater than 5 : 24" -->

\(\frac{M}{x} >
\frac{5}{24}\)

Maximum number of non-managers if there are 8 managers?

\(\frac{8}{x} >
\frac{5}{24}\)

Cross multiply (the numbers are positive):

\((24)(8) > 5x\)

\(192 > 5x\)

\(38.4 > x\), or \(x < 38.4\)

The number of non-managers must be fewer than 38.4 -- AND we want the maximum possible number of non-managers. We need the integer just below 38.4, which is 38.

Answer C

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eduardofp wrote:
Please help with the following question from PS:

In a certain company, the ratio of the number of managers to the number of non-managers in any department must always be greater than 5 : 24. In the company, what is the maximum number of non-managers in a department that has 8 managers:

a) 36
b) 37
c) 38
d) 39
e) 40


We can create the following inequality:

8/n > 5/24

192 > 5n

38.4 > n

So, the maximum number of non-managers is 38.

Answer: C
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