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Hi Bunuel,
could I not just come up with a total number of stundents in order to calculate from S1 the number of female MIS stundents and from S2 the number of male stundents so that I can afterwards calculate the precent of female students in the MIS class?
Where am I going wrong? I somehow always ended up with ~29%.
Thanks for your help.
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Erina89 wrote: Hi Bunuel,
could I not just come up with a total number of stundents in order to calculate from S1 the number of female MIS stundents and from S2 the number of male stundents so that I can afterwards calculate the precent of female students in the MIS class?
Where am I going wrong? I somehow always ended up with ~29%.
Thanks for your help.
Best Let me try to answer. The issue with %ages in DS questions is that you will get different values for different total student number. Case 1, lets say total students are = 100 > S1 gives females in MIS as 0.05*100 = 5 Case 2, lets say total students are = 200 > S1 gives females in MIS as 0.05*200 = 10 Thus, you get 2 different answers for the same question, what is %age (wrt total students) of females in MIS. This is the reason why S1 is not sufficient. Your approach would have worked for PS questions but for DS questions be wary of the percentages when the total number is not provided. Hope this helps.



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since its percent I took 100 for example where am I going wrong?
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Dear Bunnel,
Can you please help to explain the basic phrasing of this? I got confused and choose D (Both are sufficient).
Statement 1: Only 5% are females are studying MIS at W University then, 5% is the answer I concluded. Statement 2: Same as above for males, so we can conclude females % from there.
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Hello,
Can we say that X+Y = 100% as all people are or male or female at MIS and so replace Y= 100X in the equation you had with "both together"?
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I think this is a poorquality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. Why if the question is asking for a percentage of students, which is given by both 1 & 2, unable to be attained? Can you not give the amount of students on a 100% basis and thus derive a % of female students? A formal number of students is not given but is not needed as a percentage is given and the percentage of students will not change given a change in student numbers. The word "percent" in the question stem needs to be clarified.



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I think this is a poorquality question and I don't agree with the explanation. Lets say "W" is the number of Wisconsin University students.
(1) MIS Females = 0.05W and (2) MIS Male = 0.12W
so (1) and (2) alone are not sufficient.
BUT, if we take both statement together we have :
%age of MIS Female = 0.05W / (0.05W+0.12W) = 0.05/0.17 ± 29.41%
So the W or the number of students at the university is not necessary to answer the question to me



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itsFanny wrote: I think this is a poorquality question and I don't agree with the explanation. Lets say "W" is the number of Wisconsin University students.
(1) MIS Females = 0.05W and (2) MIS Male = 0.12W
so (1) and (2) alone are not sufficient.
BUT, if we take both statement together we have :
%age of MIS Female = 0.05W / (0.05W+0.12W) = 0.05/0.17 ± 29.41%
So the W or the number of students at the university is not necessary to answer the question to me You are wrong. From (1): 5% of female students at Wisconsin University are studying MIS. 0.05( female students at Wisconsin University) = (female students studying MIS) From (2): 12% of male students at Wisconsin University are studying MIS. 0.12( male students at Wisconsin University) = (male students studying MIS)/ Please reread the solution above carefully. This is clearly explained there.
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This question threw me off because I misread the statements. After reviewing multiple times, I finally understood it so I hope my explanation can help any others that are still confused why C is not the answer,
(1) 5% of female students at Wisconsin University are studying MIS.
(2) 12% of male students at Wisconsin University are studying MIS.
Example 1 Using C: S1 means that 5% of the total number of female students at WU are studying MIS. But since we do not know the total number of female students at WU, let's plug in 100 as the total. That means there are 5 MIS female students. S2 means that 12% of the total number of male students at WU are studying MIS. But since we do not know the total number of male students at WU, let's plug in 100 as the total. That means there are 12 MIS male students. In summary, there are 17 MIS students and 200 total students at WU.
With the information above you get that there are 5/17 female MIS students =29%~
Example 2 Using C: S1 means that 5% of the total number of female students at WU are studying MIS. But since we do not know the total number of female students at WU, let's plug in 100 as the total. That means there are 5 MIS female students. S2 means that 12% of the total number of male students at WU are studying MIS. But since we do not know the total number of male students at WU, let's plug in 200 as the total. That means there are 24 MIS male students. In summary, there are 29 MIS students and 300 total students at WU.
With the information above you get that there are 5/29 female MIS students = 17%~
***The answer is E because we do not know those totals. We can plug in anything we want to represent the total female or total male students studying at WU but based on what you plug in, you will get different answers. The totals between genders do not have to be equal either as it doesn't specify that it was a 1:1 ratio. ***










