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Of all the students in a certain dormitory, 1/2 are first-year students and the rest are second-year students. If 4/5 of the first-year students have not declared a major and if the fraction of second-year students who have declared a major is 3 times the fraction of first-year students who have declared a major, what fraction of all the students in the dormitory are second-year students who have not declared a major?

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I think you dropped a fraction when you typed/copied this in. Working backward from the spoiler answer, I'm thinking the second sentence should read as follows? Please confirm.

"If 4/5 of the first-year students have not declared a major ..."
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Of all the students in a certain dormitory, 1/2 are first-year students and the rest are second-year students. If 4/5 of the first-year students have not declared a major and if the fraction of second-year students who have declared a major is 3 times the fraction of first-year students who have declared a major, what fraction of all the students in the dormitory are second-year students who have not declared a major?

\(\frac{4}{5}x\) of the first-year students have not declared a major --> \(\frac{1}{5}x\) declared;

Second-year students who have declared a major is 3 times the fraction of first-year students who have declared a major =\(\frac{3}{5}x\) --> who have not \(\frac{2}{5}x\);

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I think the answer choices you have provided because the answer cannot be greater than one.

Here is an easy way to think about this is by picking "smart" numbers. Let's pick 50 for the first half of students who are 1st years and 50 for the other half who are 2nd year. We know that 4/5 of the 1st years have not declared a major so that gives us 50*4/5=40, so 10 have declared a major. We also know that the number of 2nd year that have not declared a major = 3 times the # of 1st year who have declared a major. This gives us 3*10=30

The question asks for fraction of 2nd years who have not declared a major over the total students. 30 have declared a major out of the 2nd year so 20 have not. Since we have 100 students (50+50), the answer is 20/100 or 1/5.

You can run a search on the web and you will find this question without the correct answer choices.

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Of all the students in a certain dormitory, 1/2 are first-year students and the rest are second-year students. If 4/5 of the first-year students have not declared a major and if the fraction of second-year students who have declared a major is 3 times the fraction of first-year students who have declared a major, what fraction of all the students in the dormitory are second-year students who have not declared a major?

A. 151 B. 51 C. 154 D. 31 E. 52

Say there are in all 100 students. Use a matrix: 50 are first year and 50 are second year students.

........................Major Dec................Major not dec..............Total First Year............................................................................50 Second Yr...........................................................................50 Total

4/5 * 50 = 40 not declared major first year students.

........................Major Dec................Major not dec..............Total First Year................10..................................40....................50 Second Yr...........................................................................50 Total

second-year students who have declared a major is 3 times the fraction of first-year students who have declared a major

........................Major Dec................Major not dec..............Total First Year................10..................................40.....................50 Second Yr...............30..................................20......................50 Total

So second year students who've not declared a major is 20/100 = 1/5

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The answer choices provided are not correct!

I solved the question using LCM method. The solution is given below:

Assume the total number of stuents to be 30, LCM(2,3,5)

Now, as per the given info, half the students are 1st year. Therefore, there are 15 students each in 1st and 2nd year. We can further calculate the students who have selected majors in 1st year and second year. And, finally we can calculate the fraction for answering the question

I solved the question using LCM method. The solution is given below:

Assume the total number of stuents to be 30, LCM(2,3,5)

Now, as per the given info, half the students are 1st year. Therefore, there are 15 students each in 1st and 2nd year. We can further calculate the students who have selected majors in 1st year and second year. And, finally we can calculate the fraction for answering the question

T = total students in dorm 4/5 first year no declared major = 4/5(.5T) = .4T = # first year no major .5T - .4T = .1T = 1st year w/ major .1T x 3 = .3T 2nd year no major = .5T - .3T = .2T = 2nd no declared .2T does not equal 2/5!

.2T / T = .2 = 1/5

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Of all the students in a certain dormitory, 1/2 are first-year students and the rest are second-year students. If 4/5 of the first-year students have not declared a major and if the fraction of second-year students who have declared a major is 3 times the fraction of first-year students who have declared a major, what fraction of all the students in the dormitory are second-year students who have not declared a major?

A. 1/15 B. 1/5 C. 4/15 D. 1/3 E. 2/5

As other people have mentioned, there are a few critical typos.

Here is my solution: 1/2 = first year 4/5 = first year no major; therefore, 5/5 (total first year) - 4/5 (first year no major) = 1/5 First year with major 1/5 = first year with major

"second year students who have declared a major is 3 times the fraction of first year who have declared a major"

Given this: 3/1 x 1/5 = 3/5 Second Year who have declared major.

But the question asks for the fraction of students who have not declared a major. Since we now know how many second year majors, we can answer the question by finding the difference between total second year and second year with major.

5/5 (total second year) - 3/5 (Second Year with major) = 2/5 (Second year students without a major)

(E) 2/5 is the answer

Yes, this is an Official Guide question and the Official Answer is B, 1/5, NOT E. There are several solutions from experts above, so if interested you can check them.
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msand wrote:

Of all the students in a certain dormitory, 1/2 are first-year students and the rest are second-year students. If 4/5 of the first-year students have not declared a major and if the fraction of second-year students who have declared a major is 3 times the fraction of first-year students who have declared a major, what fraction of all the students in the dormitory are second-year students who have not declared a major?

A. 1/15 B. 1/5 C. 4/15 D. 1/3 E. 2/5

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Double matrix works well here, at least for me. I assumed 60 total students.

1. Number of dormitory students = 60. Half are first-year students = 30. So the other half, second-year students = 30

2. \(\frac{4}{5}\) of first-year students have NOT declared a major: \(\frac{4}{5}\) * 30 = 24

3. First-year students who HAVE declared a major = 30 total - 24 not = 6 who have

4. The fraction of second-year students who have declared a major is three times the fraction of first-year students who have declared a major. First-year declared = 6. Second-year declared = 3 * 6 = 18

5. Second-year students who have NOT declared a major: 30 total second-year students - 18 who have declared = 12 second-year students who have not

6. What fraction of ALL students are second-year students who have not declared a major? \(\frac{12}{60} = \frac{1}{5}\)

Of all the students in a certain dormitory, 1/2 are first-year student [#permalink]

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msand wrote:

Of all the students in a certain dormitory, 1/2 are first-year students and the rest are second-year students. If 4/5 of the first-year students have not declared a major and if the fraction of second-year students who have declared a major is 3 times the fraction of first-year students who have declared a major, what fraction of all the students in the dormitory are second-year students who have not declared a major?

A. 1/15 B. 1/5 C. 4/15 D. 1/3 E. 2/5

This question is pretty easy if we assume numbers. Used numbers because the question does not have fixed values and asks for percentages.

Assuming the total number of students in the dormitory to be 100

Given 1/2 are 1st year and other 1/2 are 2nd year. Hence 50 students each are in either year.

Given 1st year (Not decided Major)= 1stNDM=4/5th of 1st year=40

Hence 1st year (Decided Major)= 1stDM=10

Given 2nd year (Decided Major)= 2ndDM=3x1stDM=30

Hence 2nd year (Not decided Major)= 2ndNDM=100-(40+10+30)=20

Fraction of 2nd year students who havent declared a major = 20/100=1/5