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# The ratio of flour to water to sugar in a recipe is 7:4:1.

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The ratio of flour to water to sugar in a recipe is 7:4:1. The ratio in a new recipe calls for a doubling of the ratio of flour to water from the original recipe and a halving of the ratio of flour to sugar. If the new recipe calls for 8 cups of water, how much sugar is required?

(A) 4 cups
(B) 6 cups
(C) 8 cups
(D) 12 cups
(E) 16 cups
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The ratio of flour to water to sugar in a recipe is 7:4:1. The ratio in a new recipe calls for a doubling of the ratio of flour to water from the original recipe and a halving of the ratio of flour to sugar. If the new recipe calls for 8 cups of water, how much sugar is required?

(A) 4 cups
(B) 6 cups
(C) 8 cups
(D) 12 cups
(E) 16 cups

Flour:Water:Sugar = 7:4:1

Flour:Water = 7:4
New Ratio of Flour:Water = 14:4 = 7:2 (Multiplying the ratio by 2)

Flour:Sugar = 7:1
New Ratio of Flour:Sugar = 7:2 (Halving the ratio)

New Ratio of Flour:Water:Sugar = 7:2:2

For every 2 cups of water, there is 2 cups of sugar. IF you have 8 cups of water, you need 8 cups of sugar.
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