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# In a certain population, there are 3 times as many people ag

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In a certain population, there are 3 times as many people aged twenty-one or under as there are people over twenty-one. The ratio of those twenty-one or under to the total population is

(A) 1 to 2
(B) 1 to 3
(C) 1 to 4
(D) 2 to 3
(E) 3 to 4
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Last edited by Bunuel on 26 Feb 2014, 01:16, edited 2 times in total.
Renamed the topic, edited the question and added the OA.

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05 May 2010, 14:25
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just plug in #s

say there are 6 people aged under 21. Thus there will be 2 people over 21 so a total of 8 people. And we are asked what proportion under 21 (6) is to total (8)

6/8=3/4 =E

Additionally same exact approach 3X/3X+1X = 3/4

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05 May 2010, 22:28
Consider the ratio of the under population of 21 to over the 21 as 3:1
therefore 3x:1X
Now the ratio of the under to the whole population becomes 3x/3x+1x
= 3/4

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06 May 2010, 11:20
thanks for the explanation !

This was a simple one... but i messed it up and got the answer as "1 to 4"

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19 May 2010, 20:43
is there a section for avoiding stupid mistakes ...i wrote down 1:1 ....completely forgot that it was thrice ..

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26 Feb 2014, 01:18
seabhi wrote:
Hi,

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