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# Mary's income is 60% more Than Tim's income and Tim's income

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Mary's income is 60% more Than Tim's income and Tim's income is 40% less than Juan's income.What % of Juan's income is Mary's income.

A. 124%
B.120%
C. 96%
D. 80%
E. 64%

Let Tim's income is t
Juan's income is j

Mary Tim Juan
1.6t t .6j=t => j=t/.6

x/100*j=1.6t

x=1.6*100*.6=96%

Which is wrong

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Originally posted by GMATD11 on 13 Feb 2011, 01:31.
Last edited by Bunuel on 19 Dec 2017, 01:23, edited 3 times in total.
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13 Feb 2011, 01:47
GMATD11 wrote:
115) Mary's income is 60% more Than Tim's income and Tim's income is 40% less than juan's income.What % of juan's income is Mary's income.
a) 124%
b)120%
c)96%
d) 80%
e) 64%

Let Tim's income is t
Juan's income is j

Mary Tim Juan
1.6t t .6j=t => j=t/.6

x/100*j=1.6t

x=1.6*100*.6=96%

Which is wrong

Even I got 96%

J = 100
T = 100*0.6 = 60
M = 60*1.6 = 96

If Mary's income is x percent of J
M = J*x/100

x = M*100/J = 96*100/100 = 96

Ans: "C"
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13 Feb 2011, 03:07
GMATD11 wrote:
115) Mary's income is 60% more Than Tim's income and Tim's income is 40% less than juan's income.What % of juan's income is Mary's income.
a) 124%
b)120%
c)96%
d) 80%
e) 64%

Let Tim's income is t
Juan's income is j

Mary Tim Juan
1.6t t .6j=t => j=t/.6

x/100*j=1.6t

x=1.6*100*.6=96%

Which is wrong

Solution is right, it's OA provided which is wrong.

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13 Feb 2011, 22:29
GMATD11 wrote:
115) Mary's income is 60% more Than Tim's income and Tim's income is 40% less than juan's income.What % of juan's income is Mary's income.
a) 124%
b)120%
c)96%
d) 80%
e) 64%

Let Tim's income is t
Juan's income is j

Mary Tim Juan
1.6t t .6j=t => j=t/.6

x/100*j=1.6t

x=1.6*100*.6=96%

Which is wrong

Word of advice: In % questions, try not to take Tim's income as t and Juan's income as j.
Take one of them as 100 instead.
Since Mary's income is linked to Tim and Tim's in linked to Juan, take Juan's income as 100.
Then Tim's is 60. Then Mary's income is 96 i.e. 96% of Juan's.
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14 Feb 2011, 03:10
+1 to Karishma. Its always easy if we plug in 100 for problems involving percentages.
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14 Feb 2011, 12:25
VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
GMATD11 wrote:
115) Mary's income is 60% more Than Tim's income and Tim's income is 40% less than juan's income.What % of juan's income is Mary's income.
a) 124%
b)120%
c)96%
d) 80%
e) 64%

Let Tim's income is t
Juan's income is j

Mary Tim Juan
1.6t t .6j=t => j=t/.6

x/100*j=1.6t

x=1.6*100*.6=96%

Which is wrong

Word of advice: In % questions, try not to take Tim's income as t and Juan's income as j.
Take one of them as 100 instead.
Since Mary's income is linked to Tim and Tim's in linked to Juan, take Juan's income as 100.
Then Tim's is 60. Then Mary's income is 96 i.e. 96% of Juan's.

karishma,
I usually follow your approach -which is assigning numbers to the percentages.

So in my case: Mary - 160
Tim = 100

Juan = 166.66

Therefore mary =x% 166.67

160/167 ~ x% = 95.8% but the last division takes more time!

I could have started with mary = 100 and tim = 60. Is there a trick to which person gets assigned 100?
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14 Feb 2011, 12:41
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karishma,
I usually follow your approach -which is assigning numbers to the percentages.

So in my case: Mary - 160
Tim = 100

Juan = 166.66

Therefore mary =x% 166.67

160/167 ~ x% = 95.8% but the last division takes more time!

I could have started with mary = 100 and tim = 60. Is there a trick to which person gets assigned 100?

I believe you are doing something wrong in your calculation or you would have gotten the exact value 96%.

While there are no set rules as to whose value should be chosen as 100, it is generally preferred to take "100" as a value of the person with reference to whom the final question is posed.

Here the question is: What % of juan's income is Mary's income.

What percent of JUAN's income; how many dollars does Mary earn with reference to every \$100 Juan earns; so it is best to take Juan's income as 100 so that the value for Mary's income would be her percentage as well.

if Mary's income is 120. Mary's income will be 120% of Juan's income.
If Mary's income is 68. Mary's income will be 68% of Juan's income.

You won't have to do any extra calculation to find percentage that way.
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14 Feb 2011, 13:28
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mbafall2011 wrote:
karishma,
I usually follow your approach -which is assigning numbers to the percentages.

So in my case: Mary - 160
Tim = 100

Juan = 166.66

Therefore mary =x% 166.67

160/167 ~ x% = 95.8% but the last division takes more time!

I could have started with mary = 100 and tim = 60. Is there a trick to which person gets assigned 100?

I believe you are doing something wrong in your calculation or you would have gotten the exact value 96%.

While there are no set rules as to whose value should be chosen as 100, it is generally preferred to take "100" as a value of the person with reference to whom the final question is posed.

Here the question is: What % of juan's income is Mary's income.

What percent of JUAN's income; how many dollars does Mary earn with reference to every \$100 Juan earns; so it is best to take Juan's income as 100 so that the value for Mary's income would be her percentage as well.

if Mary's income is 120. Mary's income will be 120% of Juan's income.
If Mary's income is 68. Mary's income will be 68% of Juan's income.

You won't have to do any extra calculation to find percentage that way.

Fluke,

Juan = 100
Tim is 40% less = 60
mary is 160% of Tim which is 96 .

therefore 96/100
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14 Feb 2011, 13:30
fluke wrote:
mbafall2011 wrote:
karishma,
I usually follow your approach -which is assigning numbers to the percentages.

So in my case: Mary - 160
Tim = 100

Juan = 166.66

Therefore mary =x% 166.67

160/167 ~ x% = 95.8% but the last division takes more time!

I could have started with mary = 100 and tim = 60. Is there a trick to which person gets assigned 100?

I believe you are doing something wrong in your calculation or you would have gotten the exact value 96%.

While there are no set rules as to whose value should be chosen as 100, it is generally preferred to take "100" as a value of the person with reference to whom the final question is posed.

Here the question is: What % of juan's income is Mary's income.

What percent of JUAN's income; how many dollars does Mary earn with reference to every \$100 Juan earns; so it is best to take Juan's income as 100 so that the value for Mary's income would be her percentage as well.

if Mary's income is 120. Mary's income will be 120% of Juan's income.
If Mary's income is 68. Mary's income will be 68% of Juan's income.

You won't have to do any extra calculation to find percentage that way.

I went back and looked at my calculation:

I read the first 2 sentences and assigned values. Hence i omitted the final part where the answer is in terms of Juan's income. I assigned 100 to Tim.
Another perfect example where reading the qn completely and then assigning variables helps to save time!
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14 Feb 2011, 13:46
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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
GMATD11 wrote:
115) Mary's income is 60% more Than Tim's income and Tim's income is 40% less than juan's income.What % of juan's income is Mary's income.
a) 124%
b)120%
c)96%
d) 80%
e) 64%

Let Tim's income is t
Juan's income is j

Mary Tim Juan
1.6t t .6j=t => j=t/.6

x/100*j=1.6t

x=1.6*100*.6=96%

Which is wrong

Word of advice: In % questions, try not to take Tim's income as t and Juan's income as j.
Take one of them as 100 instead.
Since Mary's income is linked to Tim and Tim's in linked to Juan, take Juan's income as 100.
Then Tim's is 60. Then Mary's income is 96 i.e. 96% of Juan's.

karishma,
I usually follow your approach -which is assigning numbers to the percentages.

So in my case: Mary - 160
Tim = 100

Juan = 166.66

Therefore mary =x% 166.67

160/167 ~ x% = 95.8% but the last division takes more time!

I could have started with mary = 100 and tim = 60. Is there a trick to which person gets assigned 100?

Yes, there is. Assign 100 to the person who is the base (which means the person to whom everyone else links up) e.g.

Mary's income is 60% more Than Tim's income
- Mary's income is linked to Tim's. So, I might assign 100 to Tim if there is no Juan.

and Tim's income is 40% less than juan's income.
- Now Tim's income is further linked to Juan. Juan's income is the base against which others are compared.

So I assign 100 to Juan. Calculations will not be tough in this case. Else they could get a little tricky.
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27 Mar 2011, 12:03
Marts income is 60 percent more than Tims income and Tims income is 40 percent less than Juans income. What percentage of Juans income is Marts income

A) 124%
b) 120 %
c) 96 %
d) 80 %
e) 64 %

I solved it like this

Keep tims income as 100 hence marys income is 160 and juans is 140 so effectively it will be 160/140x 100 which is approximate 96%

But that's wrong the answer is c
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27 Mar 2011, 12:28
scbguy wrote:
I was doing percentages and this is a percentage question highlighted in mgmat strategy book but in the og they have done it through algebra

How can we do it percentage wise

Marys income is 60 percent more than tims income and tims income is 40 percent less than juans income. What percentage of juans income is marts income

A) 124%
b) 120 %
c) 96 %
d) 80 %
e) 64 %

I solved it like this

Keep tims income as 100 hence marys income is 160 and juans is 140(wrong) so effectively it will be 160/140x 100 which is approximate 96%

But that's wrong the answer is c

Tim=100
Mary's income is 60 percent more than tims income;
Mary's Income = T+0.6T = 1.6T = 1.6*100=160

Tims income is 40 percent less than juans income .
100 is 40% less than Juan's Income
100=J-0.4J
100=0.6J
J = 100/0.6=1000/6

What percentage of juans income is marts income
(160/(1000/6))*100 = (160*6*100)/1000 = 96%

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27 Mar 2011, 19:59
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scbguy wrote:
I was doing percentages and this is a percentage question highlighted in mgmat strategy book but in the og they have done it through algebra

How can we do it percentage wise

Marys income is 60 percent more than tims income and tims income is 40 percent less than juans income. What percentage of juans income is marts income

A) 124%
b) 120 %
c) 96 %
d) 80 %
e) 64 %

I solved it like this

Keep tims income as 100 hence marys income is 160 and juans is 140 so effectively it will be 160/140x 100 which is approximate 96%

But that's wrong the answer is c

The error in your solution is that Tim's income is 40% less than Juan's. Juan's income is not 40% more than Tim's. These are 2 different things. Say I scored a 90 in an exam and you scored a 100. My score is 10% less than yours [10% = (90 - 100)/100] Notice that your score, 100, is the base on which we are comparing. On the other hand, your score is 11.11% more than mine. Now my score is the base on which we are comparing [11.11% = (100 - 90)/90]

The trick is to assign 100 for easy calculations but to assign it to the 'right' person. Assign 100 to the person who is the base (which means the person to whom everyone else links up) e.g.

Mary's income is 60% more Than Tim's income
- Mary's income is linked to Tim's. So, I might assign 100 to Tim if there is no Juan.

and Tim's income is 40% less than juan's income.
- Now Tim's income is further linked to Juan. Juan's income is the base against which others are compared.

So I assign 100 to Juan. Calculations will not be tough in this case. Else they could get a little tricky.

Juan - 100
Tim - 60
Mary - 96
So Mary's income is 96% of Juan's income (which is 100).
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28 Mar 2011, 06:44
I used to have my jaw-dropping with these types of questions... but after reading Manhattan GMAT.. this seems really easy... and I sound like an advertisment now...

My Solution:

Convert the given to algebraic equations:
m = T + 0.6 T = 1.6T
T = J - 0.4J = 0.6J

Simplify M in terms of J:
M = 1.6(0.6J)
M = 0.96J

Therefore, Marta's income is 96% of Juan's. =)
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03 Apr 2011, 14:23
M = (160/100)T
T = (60/100)J

=> M = (96/100)J

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03 Apr 2011, 22:15
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Consider Juan Income as 100. So Tim's is 60. M is 1.6*60 = 96
So J/M = 96/100*100 = 96%
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19 Dec 2017, 01:23
GMATD11 wrote:
Mary's income is 60% more Than Tim's income and Tim's income is 40% less than Juan's income.What % of Juan's income is Mary's income.

A. 124%
B.120%
C. 96%
D. 80%
E. 64%

Let Tim's income is t
Juan's income is j

Mary Tim Juan
1.6t t .6j=t => j=t/.6

x/100*j=1.6t

x=1.6*100*.6=96%

Which is wrong

Juan's income = 100 (assume);
Tim's income = 60 (40 percent less than Juan's income);
Mary's income = 96 (60 percent more than Tim's income).

Thus, Mary's income (96) is 96% of Juan's income (100).

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