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How much water (in grams) should be added to a 35%-solution of acid to obtain a 10%-solution of acid?


(1) There are 50 grams of the 35%-solution.

(2) In the 35%-solution of acid the ratio of acid to water is 7:13.
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Say there are \(x\) grams of 35%-solution of acid and \(y\) grams of water should be added to obtain a 10%-solution of acid. Equate amount of acid: \(0.35*x=0.1*(x+y)\).

Explanation: since after we add pure water to the solution the amount of acid in grams is not changed, then we are simply equating the amount of acid in grams in initial 35% solution (0.35x) and the amount of acid in grams in 10% solution after water is added (0.1(x+y)).

(1) There are 50 grams of the 35%-solution of acid. Given \(x=50\), so \(0.35*50=0.1*(50+y)\). We have a linear equation with only one unknown, hence we can get the single numerical value of \(y\). Sufficient.

(2) In the 35%-solution of acid the ratio of acid to water is 7:13. The same info as we already have: 35%-solution of acid means that the ratio of acid to water is 35:65=7:13. Not sufficient.


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Say there are \(x\) grams of 35%-solution of acid and \(y\) grams of water should be added to obtain a 10%-solution of acid. Equate amount of acid: \(0.35*x=0.1*(x+y)\).

Explanation: since after we add pure water to the solution the amount of acid in grams is not changed, then we are simply equating the amount of acid in grams in initial 35% solution (0.35x) and the amount of acid in grams in 10% solution after water is added (0.1(x+y)).

(1) There are 50 grams of the 35%-solution of acid. Given \(x=50\), so \(0.35*50=0.1*(50+y)\). We have a linear equation with only one unknown, hence we can get the single numerical value of \(y\). Sufficient.

(2) In the 35%-solution of acid the ratio of acid to water is 7:13. The same info as we already have: 35%-solution of acid means that the ratio of acid to water is 35:65=5:13. Not sufficient.


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Official Solution:


Say there are \(x\) grams of 35%-solution of acid and \(y\) grams of water should be added to obtain a 10%-solution of acid. Equate amount of acid: \(0.35*x=0.1*(x+y)\).

Explanation: since after we add pure water to the solution the amount of acid in grams is not changed, then we are simply equating the amount of acid in grams in initial 35% solution (0.35x) and the amount of acid in grams in 10% solution after water is added (0.1(x+y)).

(1) There are 50 grams of the 35%-solution of acid. Given \(x=50\), so \(0.35*50=0.1*(50+y)\). We have a linear equation with only one unknown, hence we can get the single numerical value of \(y\). Sufficient.

(2) In the 35%-solution of acid the ratio of acid to water is 7:13. The same info as we already have: 35%-solution of acid means that the ratio of acid to water is 35:65=5:13. Not sufficient.


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(1) Given x=50

0.35*50=0.1*(50+y).

linear equation, one unknown,Sufficient.

(2) acid to water ratio, 7:13. same as information given that it is a 35%-solution. Not sufficient.

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Say there are \(x\) grams of 35%-solution of acid and \(y\) grams of water should be added to obtain a 10%-solution of acid. Equate amount of acid: \(0.35*x=0.1*(x+y)\).

Explanation: since after we add pure water to the solution the amount of acid in grams is not changed, then we are simply equating the amount of acid in grams in initial 35% solution (0.35x) and the amount of acid in grams in 10% solution after water is added (0.1(x+y)).

(1) There are 50 grams of the 35%-solution of acid. Given \(x=50\), so \(0.35*50=0.1*(50+y)\). We have a linear equation with only one unknown, hence we can get the single numerical value of \(y\). Sufficient.

(2) In the 35%-solution of acid the ratio of acid to water is 7:13. The same info as we already have: 35%-solution of acid means that the ratio of acid to water is 35:65=5:13. Not sufficient.

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It seems that there is a small typing error in your explanation for (2) the ratio should be 35:65=7:13.

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Say there are \(x\) grams of 35%-solution of acid and \(y\) grams of water should be added to obtain a 10%-solution of acid. Equate amount of acid: \(0.35*x=0.1*(x+y)\).

Explanation: since after we add pure water to the solution the amount of acid in grams is not changed, then we are simply equating the amount of acid in grams in initial 35% solution (0.35x) and the amount of acid in grams in 10% solution after water is added (0.1(x+y)).

(1) There are 50 grams of the 35%-solution of acid. Given \(x=50\), so \(0.35*50=0.1*(50+y)\). We have a linear equation with only one unknown, hence we can get the single numerical value of \(y\). Sufficient.

(2) In the 35%-solution of acid the ratio of acid to water is 7:13. The same info as we already have: 35%-solution of acid means that the ratio of acid to water is 35:65=5:13. Not sufficient.

Answer: A


It seems that there is a small typing error in your explanation for (2) the ratio should be 35:65=7:13.


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With an allegation chart it might look like this:

35%-----------0%
25-(10)-10

So the ratio of Solution to Pure Water is 2:5

A) 2X=50 x= 25 5*25= 125 grams of water need to be added
B) 2x=7x/13x InSuf

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I'm super confused here. Look there are 35% of acid and 65% of water and as per the statement 1, there is 50gms of acid.

Now 35% gives 50gms of acid and 65% gives to 92gms of water. Approx 142.86 is the total amt of mixture of acid and water.

35/100( total mixture of acid and water)=50gm of acid

Hence total mixture= 142.86

Now I add 125L of water (as per the soln) to 142.86 which gives 267. Now if i calculate 50/267= 18% of acid and it is not giving me 10% of acid. Where am I going wrong?

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I'm super confused here. Look there are 35% of acid and 65% of water and as per the statement 1, there is 50gms of acid.

Now 35% gives 50gms of acid and 65% gives to 92gms of water. Approx 142.86 is the total amt of mixture of acid and water.

35/100( total mixture of acid and water)=50gm of acid

Hence total mixture= 142.86

Now I add 125L of water (as per the soln) to 142.86 which gives 267. Now if i calculate 50/267= 18% of acid and it is not giving me 10% of acid. Where am I going wrong?


Hi,

few points..


1)when we say 50 gms of 35%, it means the entire solution is 50gm
so acid= 35*0.5=17.5gm and water=65*0.5=32.5
2) when we add x quantity of water, acid becomes 10%
so \(\frac{17.5}{(x+50)} = \frac{10}{100}\)..
so 175=x+50..
x=125..
this means 125 gm of water is to be added

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Say there are \(x\) grams of 35%-solution of acid and \(y\) grams of water should be added to obtain a 10%-solution of acid. Equate amount of acid: \(0.35*x=0.1*(x+y)\).

Explanation: since after we add pure water to the solution the amount of acid in grams is not changed, then we are simply equating the amount of acid in grams in initial 35% solution (0.35x) and the amount of acid in grams in 10% solution after water is added (0.1(x+y)).

(1) There are 50 grams of the 35%-solution of acid. Given \(x=50\), so \(0.35*50=0.1*(50+y)\). We have a linear equation with only one unknown, hence we can get the single numerical value of \(y\). Sufficient.

(2) In the 35%-solution of acid the ratio of acid to water is 7:13. The same info as we already have: 35%-solution of acid means that the ratio of acid to water is 35:65=7:13. Not sufficient.


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Say there are \(x\) grams of 35%-solution of acid and \(y\) grams of water should be added to obtain a 10%-solution of acid. Equate amount of acid: \(0.35*x=0.1*(x+y)\).

Explanation: since after we add pure water to the solution the amount of acid in grams is not changed, then we are simply equating the amount of acid in grams in initial 35% solution (0.35x) and the amount of acid in grams in 10% solution after water is added (0.1(x+y)).

(1) There are 50 grams of the 35%-solution of acid. Given \(x=50\), so \(0.35*50=0.1*(50+y)\). We have a linear equation with only one unknown, hence we can get the single numerical value of \(y\). Sufficient.

(2) In the 35%-solution of acid the ratio of acid to water is 7:13. The same info as we already have: 35%-solution of acid means that the ratio of acid to water is 35:65=7:13. Not sufficient.


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