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# Solution A is 40% chlorine by volume, and Solution B is 60% chlorine

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Solution A is 40% chlorine by volume, and Solution B is 60% chlorine by volume. If a tank currently holds 40 gallons of Solution A, how many gallons of Solution B must be added so that the liquid in the tank is 50% chlorine?

A. 40 gallons
B. 50 gallons
C. 60 gallons
D. 80 gallons
E. 100 gallons

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Solution A is 40% chlorine by volume, and Solution B is 60% chlorine by volume. If a tank currently holds 40 gallons of Solution A, how many gallons of Solution B must be added so that the liquid in the tank is 50% chlorine?

A. 40 gallons
B. 50 gallons
C. 60 gallons
D. 80 gallons
E. 100 gallons

As mixture problems can often be solved based on properties of ratios, without explicit calculation, we'll look for such a solution.
This is a Logical approach.

We'd like the final concentration of chlorine in the tank to be 50%, exactly in the middle of the concentrations of solution A (40%) and solution B (60%).
That is, we want both of the solutions to affect the final concentration equally, meaning we want them to have equal volumes.
Since there were 40 gallons fo Solution A, we need to add 40 gallons of Solution B.

*Note: if the conentration weren't exactly in the middle, we would have needed to adjust accordingly. Say we want the final concentration to be 45%. This is 5% away from Solution A and 15% away from solution B for a ratio of 1:3. Then we need 3 times as much solution A as solution B (this ensure is has '3 times the effect' and our answer would be 40/3 gallons.
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10 Apr 2018, 01:18
Bunuel wrote:
Solution A is 40% chlorine by volume, and Solution B is 60% chlorine by volume. If a tank currently holds 40 gallons of Solution A, how many gallons of Solution B must be added so that the liquid in the tank is 50% chlorine?

A. 40 gallons
B. 50 gallons
C. 60 gallons
D. 80 gallons
E. 100 gallons

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10 Apr 2018, 10:21
Bunuel wrote:
Solution A is 40% chlorine by volume, and Solution B is 60% chlorine by volume. If a tank currently holds 40 gallons of Solution A, how many gallons of Solution B must be added so that the liquid in the tank is 50% chlorine?

A. 40 gallons
B. 50 gallons
C. 60 gallons
D. 80 gallons
E. 100 gallons

let x=gallons of solution B to be added
.4*40+.6*x=.5(40+x)
x=40 gallons
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10 Apr 2018, 11:06
Bunuel wrote:
Solution A is 40% chlorine by volume, and Solution B is 60% chlorine by volume. If a tank currently holds 40 gallons of Solution A, how many gallons of Solution B must be added so that the liquid in the tank is 50% chlorine?

A. 40 gallons
B. 50 gallons
C. 60 gallons
D. 80 gallons
E. 100 gallons

10-second method:
The final solution's concentration (50%) is the average of A's (40%) and B's (60%) concentrations.

That can happen only if A and B have identical volumes. B's volume = A's = 40 gallons

Weighted average:

One version of weighted average formula:
(% A)(Vol A) + (% B)(Vol B) = (% of A+B)(Vol A+B)

A = 40% chlorine = .40
B = .60 chlorine
A's volume = 40
B's volume = x

$$.40(40) +.60(x) = .50(40+x)$$
$$16 + .60x = 20 + .50x$$
$$.10x = 4$$
$$x=\frac{4}{.1}=\frac{40}{1}=40$$
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10 Apr 2018, 13:31
40A + 60B = 50A + 50B

10B = 10A

A/B = 1/1

For 1A added, there's 1B added since the ratio is 1 to 1. So if 40 gallons of A is in the tank, 40 gallons of B will need to be added to maintain the ratio.
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Bunuel wrote:
Solution A is 40% chlorine by volume, and Solution B is 60% chlorine by volume. If a tank currently holds 40 gallons of Solution A, how many gallons of Solution B must be added so that the liquid in the tank is 50% chlorine?

A. 40 gallons
B. 50 gallons
C. 60 gallons
D. 80 gallons
E. 100 gallons

Current there are 40 x 0.4 = 16 gallons of chlorine from solution A. We can let the amount of solution B = n and create the equation:

(16 + 0.6n)/(40 + n) = 1/2

2(16 + 0.6n) = 40 + n

32 + 1.2n = 40 + n

0.2n = 8

n = 40

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