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One filter decreases the concentration of harmful substances in water by half. If water that contains less than 0.1 percent of harmful substances is considered clean, how many filters are required to clean 200 liters of water containing 0.5 liters of harmful substances ?


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First calculate the concentration of the contaminated water:
0.5l/200l * 100 = 0.25%

Every filter then reduces the concentration by half:
The first filter will bring the concentration down to 0.125%. A second one will bring it down to 0.0625%. A concentration that is below the 0.1% that is considered save. Answer A is correct.
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o.1% of 200 litres is 0.2litres. We are given that current harmful substances is 0.5l. using 1st filter will reduce it to 0.25l and using the second will bring it down to 0.25l.

Thus answer is A.
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One filter decreases the concentration of harmful substances in water by half. If water that contains less than 0.1 percent of harmful substances is considered clean, how many filters are required to clean 200 liters of water containing 0.5 liters of harmful substances ?

A. 2
B. 3
C. 5
D. 6
E. 8

Initially, the concentration of harmful substances in the water is \(\frac{0.5}{200}*100\% = 0.25\%\). One filter will reduce this concentration to \(0.125\%\). Two filters will reduce the concentration to \(0.0625\%\) which is less than \(0.1\%\).

Answer: A

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If water that contains less than 0.1 percent of harmful substances is considered clean, means

in 1000 litres of water, less than 1.0 bacteria are OK, means

in 200 litres of water, less than 0.2 bacteria are OK(This is ideal condition; benchmark)

Given that 200 liters of water has 0.5 bacteria.

1st filter, bacteria reduced to 0.25

2nd filter, bacteria reduced to 0.125

0.125 < 0.2, so 2 filters are sufficient.

Answer = 2 = A
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In this sentence, i find the term the concentration of harmful substances is rather ambiguous, is it \(\frac{harmful substances}{water}\) or \(\frac{harmful substances}{harmful substances + water}\) ?
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One filter decreases the concentration of harmful substances in water by half. If water that contains less than 0.1 percent of harmful substances is considered clean, how many filters are required to clean 200 liters of water containing 0.5 liters of harmful substances ?


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the liters of water is irrelevant her becuase it simply say that the filer halves the concentration.. so initially is it .5 then after one filter it is .25 and then after second it is .125 which is equal to .1 so two is the answer... simply.
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One filter decreases the concentration of harmful substances in water by half. If water that contains less than 0.1 percent of harmful substances is considered clean, how many filters are required to clean 200 liters of water containing 0.5 liters of harmful substances ?

A. 2
B. 3
C. 5
D. 6
E. 8

Initially, the concentration of harmful substances in the water is \(\frac{0.5}{200}*100\% = 0.25\%\). One filter will reduce this concentration to \(0.125\%\). Two filters will reduce the concentration to \(0.0625\%\) which is less than \(0.1\%\).

Answer: A

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hey does anyone know why we are multiplying by 100%? why not 100?
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