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The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND EditionOn a certain transatlantic crossing, 20 percent of a ship's passengers held roundtrip tickets and also took their cars aboard the ship. If 60 percent of the passengers with roundtrip tickets did not take their cars aboard the ship, what percent of the ship's passengers held roundtrip tickets? (A) 33 1/3% (B) 40% (C) 50% (D) 60% (E) 66 2/3% Problem Solving Question: 146 Category: Arithmetic Percents Page: 81 Difficulty: 600
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SOLUTIONOn a certain transatlantic crossing, 20 percent of a ship's passengers held roundtrip tickets and also took their cars aboard the ship. If 60 percent of the passengers with roundtrip tickets did not take their cars aboard the ship, what percent of the ship's passengers held roundtrip tickets?(A) 33 1/3% (B) 40% (C) 50% (D) 60% (E) 66 2/3% Let the total # of passengers be 100. Now, 20 passengers held roundtrip tickets AND cars. As 60% of the passengers with roundtrip tickets did not take their cars then 40% of the passengers with roundtrip tickets did take their cars, so # of passengers with roundtrip tickets AND cars is 40% of the passengers with roundtrip tickets. If we take # of the passengers with round trip tickets to be \(x\) then we'll have \(0.4x=20\) > \(x=50\). Answer: C.
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ritula wrote: On a certain transatlantic crossing, 20 percent of a ship’s passengers held roundtrip tickets and also took their cars abroad the ship. If 60 percent of the passengers with roundtrip tickets did not take their cars abroad the ship, what percent of the ship’s passengers held roundtrip tickets? A. 33 1/3% B. 40% C. 50% D. 60% E. 66 2/3% C
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On a certain transatlantic crossing, 20 percent of a ship’s passengers held roundtrip tickets and also took their cars abroad the ship. If 60 percent of the passengers with roundtrip tickets did not take their cars abroad the ship, what percent of the ship’s passengers held roundtrip tickets?
Solution: Let total number of passengers be 100 According to Q stem 40% of passengers who had roundtrip tics have taken cars  let number of passengers with round trip be X then
40% of X = 20 => X= 50.
Thus 50% of passengers have roundtrip tics with them!!



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Let round ticket = x so, 0.60x+0.20 = x x = 50% Ans. C Please help if i am not correct.
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Baten80 wrote: Let round ticket = x so, 0.60x+0.20 = x x = 50% Ans. C
Please help if i am not correct. If the thought process was that x is the fraction of total passengers who have the round ticket and total passengers = 1 (theoretically since we need percentages), then the logic is sound. Otherwise, note that 0.20 on its own doesn't mean anything. It needs to be 0.20p where p is the total number of passengers. 0.60x + 0.20p = x x/p = .50 = 50% or you can say that since 60% people with round trip ticket did not take their car, 40% people with round trip ticket did take their car. 40% people with round trip ticket = 20% total people So people with round trip ticket are 1/2 (i.e.50%) of total people.
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You can use a table approach as recommended by MGMAT. RnRTotal C20 nC0.6x Total x100 We get, 0.4x = 20 > x = 50%
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i might sound a little silly with my query but if one looks at the question and tries to translate it seems some what like this:
1)20 percent of a ship’s passengers held roundtrip tickets and also took their cars abroad the ship which means that 20% held roundtrip tickets and took their cars aboard the ship 2) 60 percent of the passengers with roundtrip tickets did not take their cars abroad the ship which means that another 60% held round trip tickets but didn't take their cars abroad. so aren't they like 2 different groups i dunno but i am so confused.



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mohnish104 wrote: i might sound a little silly with my query but if one looks at the question and tries to translate it seems some what like this:
1)20 percent of a ship’s passengers held roundtrip tickets and also took their cars abroad the ship which means that 20% held roundtrip tickets and took their cars aboard the ship 2) 60 percent of the passengers with roundtrip tickets did not take their cars abroad the ship which means that another 60% held round trip tickets but didn't take their cars abroad. so aren't they like 2 different groups i dunno but i am so confused. Read the stem carefully: "60 percent of the passengers with roundtrip tickets did not take their cars abroad the ship..." So, 60% of some particular group did not take their cars abroad the ship.
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Answer = (C) 50% Lets say total passengers = 100 Passengers with round ticket & cars = 20 If 60 percent of the passengers with roundtrip tickets did not take their cars aboard the ship which means 40% with round trip tickets took cars40x/100 = 20 x = 50 Answer = 50%
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20% of the passengers were RT passengers with cars aboard. 60% of RT passengers did not bring cars. Thus, 20% of all passengers corresponds to 40% of RT passengers.
r = RT t = total
2r/5 = t/5
r = 5t/10
= t/2 = 50%
OR 40% = 2(20%). 10% of all passengers are 20% of RT, so 100% of RT are 50% of passengers.



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I think this is a poorly worded problem: They should make the distinctions in the second sentence more clearly that the 60% is only of the passangers WITH the roundtrip tickets would have been more obvious. Upon reading the problem, I ended up with 80%.
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tedchou12 wrote: I think this is a poorly worded problem: They should make the distinctions in the second sentence more clearly that the 60% is only of the passangers WITH the roundtrip tickets would have been more obvious. Upon reading the problem, I ended up with 80%. The question clearly says "60 percent of the passengers with roundtrip tickets..."
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We can solve this problem using Double matrix. Unknown NUmber is here the number of pasengers with round trip tickets  let it be X, then 60% of X = 0,6X Let the Total be 100, then people with Round Trip Tickets and Cars = 20% of 100 = 20 See the attached screenshot and then solve. 20 + 0,6X = X X = 50
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Bunuel wrote: The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND EditionOn a certain transatlantic crossing, 20 percent of a ship's passengers held roundtrip tickets and also took their cars aboard the ship. If 60 percent of the passengers with roundtrip tickets did not take their cars aboard the ship, what percent of the ship's passengers held roundtrip tickets? (A) 33 1/3% (B) 40% (C) 50% (D) 60% (E) 66 2/3% Problem Solving Question: 146 Category: Arithmetic Percents Page: 81 Difficulty: 600 GMAT Club is introducing a new project: The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition  Quantitative Questions ProjectEach week we'll be posting several questions from The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition and then after couple of days we'll provide Official Answer (OA) to them along with a slution. We'll be glad if you participate in development of this project: 1. Please provide your solutions to the questions; 2. Please vote for the best solutions by pressing Kudos button; 3. Please vote for the questions themselves by pressing Kudos button; 4. Please share your views on difficulty level of the questions, so that we have most precise evaluation. Thank you! generis, pushpitkc, do you guys have any tips for overlapping sets ? i need some methodologic approach to solve these type of questions i dont understand whats wrong with my solution the only thing I would change in my diagram x20 into 20x
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dave13 wrote: Bunuel wrote: The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND EditionOn a certain transatlantic crossing, 20 percent of a ship's passengers held roundtrip tickets and also took their cars aboard the ship. If 60 percent of the passengers with roundtrip tickets did not take their cars aboard the ship, what percent of the ship's passengers held roundtrip tickets? (A) 33 1/3% (B) 40% (C) 50% (D) 60% (E) 66 2/3% Problem Solving Question: 146 Category: Arithmetic Percents Page: 81 Difficulty: 600 GMAT Club is introducing a new project: The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition  Quantitative Questions ProjectEach week we'll be posting several questions from The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition and then after couple of days we'll provide Official Answer (OA) to them along with a slution. We'll be glad if you participate in development of this project: 1. Please provide your solutions to the questions; 2. Please vote for the best solutions by pressing Kudos button; 3. Please vote for the questions themselves by pressing Kudos button; 4. Please share your views on difficulty level of the questions, so that we have most precise evaluation. Thank you! generis, pushpitkc, do you guys have any tips for overlapping sets ? i need some methodologic approach to solve these type of questions i dont understand whats wrong with my solution the only thing I would change in my diagram x20 into 20x Hi dave13Let the ship's passengers who hold roundtrip tickets be x P(Hold roundtrip tickets) = x We are told that 60% of this number did not take their cars P(Only hold roundtrip tickets) = 0.6x Also, P(Both) = 20%. If total number of people is 100, P(Both) = 20 P(Hold roundtrip ticket) = P(Only hold roundtrip tickets) + P(Both)
\(x = 0.6x + 20\) > \(x  0.6x = 20\) > \(0.4x = 20\) > \(x = \frac{20}{0.4} = 50\) Therefore, the percentage of ship's passengers who hold round trip tickets is \(\frac{50}{100} = 50\)% (Option C) Hope this helps you.
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pushpitkc wrote: dave13 wrote: Bunuel wrote: The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND EditionOn a certain transatlantic crossing, 20 percent of a ship's passengers held roundtrip tickets and also took their cars aboard the ship. If 60 percent of the passengers with roundtrip tickets did not take their cars aboard the ship, what percent of the ship's passengers held roundtrip tickets? (A) 33 1/3% (B) 40% (C) 50% (D) 60% (E) 66 2/3% Problem Solving Question: 146 Category: Arithmetic Percents Page: 81 Difficulty: 600 GMAT Club is introducing a new project: The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition  Quantitative Questions ProjectEach week we'll be posting several questions from The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition and then after couple of days we'll provide Official Answer (OA) to them along with a slution. We'll be glad if you participate in development of this project: 1. Please provide your solutions to the questions; 2. Please vote for the best solutions by pressing Kudos button; 3. Please vote for the questions themselves by pressing Kudos button; 4. Please share your views on difficulty level of the questions, so that we have most precise evaluation. Thank you! generis, pushpitkc, do you guys have any tips for overlapping sets ? i need some methodologic approach to solve these type of questions i dont understand whats wrong with my solution the only thing I would change in my diagram x20 into 20x Hi dave13Let the ship's passengers who hold roundtrip tickets be x P(Hold roundtrip tickets) = x We are told that 60% of this number did not take their cars P(Only hold roundtrip tickets) = 0.6x Also, P(Both) = 20%. If total number of people is 100, P(Both) = 20 P(Hold roundtrip ticket) = P(Only hold roundtrip tickets) + P(Both)
\(x = 0.6x + 20\) > \(x  0.6x = 20\) > \(0.4x = 20\) > \(x = \frac{20}{0.4} = 50\) Therefore, the percentage of ship's passengers who hold round trip tickets is \(\frac{50}{100} = 50\)% (Option C) Hope this helps you. hi pushpitkc, thanks! here \(x = 0.6x + 20\) why do you denote 20 as number and not percent ? 60 and 20 are both percentages ? do you mind correcting my diagram so as i can see visually what i did wrong ?



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dave13 wrote: hi pushpitkc, thanks! here \(x = 0.6x + 20\) why do you denote 20 as number and not percent ? 60 and 20 are both percentages ? do you mind correcting my diagram so as i can see visually what i did wrong ? Hey dave13Please find the corrected diagram Attachment:
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Here, we are assuming the total number of passengers to be 100. However, we have no clarity about the total number of passengers with roundtrip tickets(which we are assuming to be x) 60% of the passengers who hold roundtrip tickets do not take their cars. Therefore, the total number of passengers who only have roundtrip tickets are 60% of x or \(\frac{60}{100}*x = 0.6x\) In the diagram, it is clear why P(Hold roundtrip ticket) = P(Only hold roundtrip tickets) + P(Both) So, we arrive at the equation x=0.6x+20 Hope that it's clear now!
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Bunuel wrote: On a certain transatlantic crossing, 20 percent of a ship's passengers held roundtrip tickets and also took their cars aboard the ship. If 60 percent of the passengers with roundtrip tickets did not take their cars aboard the ship, what percent of the ship's passengers held roundtrip tickets?
(A) 33 1/3% (B) 40% (C) 50% (D) 60% (E) 66 2/3%
We can let the number of passengers = 100. Thus, 20 passengers held round trip tickets and took their cars aboard the ship. Since we are given that 60 percent of the passengers with roundtrip tickets did not take their cars aboard the ship, the 20 passengers who held round trip tickets and took their cars aboard the ship represent 40 percent of the passengers with roundtrip tickets. If n = the number of passengers with roundtrip tickets, we have: 20 = 0.4n n = 20/0.4 = 200/4 = 50 Thus, 50/100 = 50% of the ship’s passengers held roundtrip tickets. Answer: C
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