Hi All,

This question can certainly be solved with Algebra; with 2 variables and 2 unique equations, it's just a matter of translating the text into equations and doing "system" math.

The answers are numbers though, and there is a logical pattern in the prompt that you can use to quickly TEST THE ANSWERS.

We're told that there are a total of 1600 marbles in two jars. Jar X has 100 less than THREE TIMES the number of marbles in Jar Y. We're asked for the number of marbles in Jar X.

100 marbles is a relatively small amount, compared to the 1600 total marbles. If we ignore the "100" and do a rough estimation, Jar X would be about 1200 and Jar Y would be about 400 (which matches the information about THREE TIMES the number of marbles). Since we DO have to factor in the 100 marbles though, the number of marbles in X has to be LESS than 1200. With this deduction, the answer has to be C or D.

Let's TEST C (since it looks like the "nicer" number to deal with).

IF....

X = 1150 marbles

X + 100 = 1250

1250/3 = 416.6666 marbles

1150 + 416.66666 is NOT 1600 total marbles.

Eliminate C.

Final Answer:

Here's the proof though:

IF....

X = 1175 marbles

X + 100 = 1275

1275/3 = 425

1175 + 425 = 1600 marbles

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