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Re: The present ages of three persons are in the proportion of 5:8:7 [#permalink]
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The present ages of three persons are in the proportion of 5:8:7. Eight years ago, the sum of their ages was 76. Find the present age of the youngest person.

(A) 15
(B) 20
(C) 25
(D) 30
(E) 32


( 5x - 8 ) + ( 8x - 8 ) + ( 7x - 8 ) = 76

Or, 20x - 24 = 76

Or, 20x = 100

Or, x = 5

The present age of the youngest member will be 5*5 = 25 Years....

Thus, answer will be (C) 25 years..
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i solved this question by trying the answer choices. i rewrote the ratios to be 5/20, 8/20 and 7/20. obviously the youngest is fourth of the sum of three ages. since 8 years ago their sum was 76, now their sum must be 76+ (8x3) = 100. option C is the 25% or fourth of 100. and therefore it is the correct answer.
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The present ages of three persons are in the proportion of 5:8:7 [#permalink]
saswata4s wrote:
The present ages of three persons are in the proportion of 5:8:7. Eight years ago, the sum of their ages was 76. Find the present age of the youngest person.

(A) 15
(B) 20
(C) 25
(D) 30
(E) 32


since 8 years ago their sum was 76, now their sum must be 76+ (8x3) = 100.

Thier present ages are in the ratio of 5:8:7
and we know 5X + 8x+ 7x = 100
20X = 100 and X = 5

Yongest person will be 5X or 5*5 = 25 ( C)

Or

( 5x - 8 ) + ( 8x - 8 ) + ( 7x - 8 ) = 76

Or, 20x - 24 = 76

Or, 20x = 100

Or, x = 5

The present age of the youngest member will be 5*5 = 25 Years....
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Re: The present ages of three persons are in the proportion of 5:8:7 [#permalink]
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The present ages of three persons are in the proportion of 5:8:7. Eight years ago, the sum of their ages was 76. Find the present age of the youngest person.

(A) 15
(B) 20
(C) 25
(D) 30
(E) 32


Let their present ages be 5x, 8x & 7x respectively

Sum of their ages 8 years ago = 20x - 24 = 76
20x = 100
x=5

Age of the youngest person = 5x = 25

IMO C

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saswata4s wrote:
The present ages of three persons are in the proportion of 5:8:7. Eight years ago, the sum of their ages was 76. Find the present age of the youngest person.

(A) 15
(B) 20
(C) 25
(D) 30
(E) 32


We can create the equation:

5x - 8 + 8x - 8 + 7x - 8 = 76

20x = 100

x = 5

Therefore, the youngest person is currently 5(5) = 25 years old.

Answer: C
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