dassamik89 wrote:

Bunuel Can you please check if my approach is correct:

Assumption: I have assumed P= 50% and the total copies sold as 200.

Therefore Revenue from A= 1*100 =100 and B=1.25*100=125.

Total revenue= 225

Hence r= (100/225)* 100 =400/9.

If we plug in P=50 in all the options only D gives the answer.

First, I realize this is a pretty late reply, so my apologies for that. The good news is that your approach was correct,

dassamik89!

I appreciate the lively discussion about algebra vs. number picking on this thread. You all have demonstrated that it can be done either way!

I'm writing to weigh in with my own GMAT Timing Tip on this question. My advice is: Unless you have seen a relatively fast way to do the algebra, I recommend number picking on a question like this where the algebra looks so ugly. So, here is my GMAT Timing Tip (the link has a growing list of questions that you can use to practice applying this tip):

Pick smart numbers to plug into variables in answer choices: While you are ultimately picking a value for p, notice that you are really picking values for A and B that will lead to a nice value for p. Since B is multiplied by 5/4, 4 is a good, easy choice for B. Choices for A that lead to nice values of p are A=1 (p=20) and A=4 (p=50); p=20 is easier to plug into the answer choices, so let’s go with A=1. This means that r=100/6, so we plug in for p and see which answer choice gives us 100/6 for r. Once you have plugged the values into the answer choices, eliminate the answer choices that don't have a multiple of 3 in the denominator (B, C, E), and see that A is not equal to 100/6, but D is.

Please let me know if you have any questions about my timing tip, or if you want me to post a video solution!

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